practical joke


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practical joke

n.
A mischievous trick played on a person, especially one that causes the victim to experience embarrassment, indignity, or discomfort.

practical joker n.

practical joke

n
a prank or trick usually intended to make the victim appear foolish
practical joker n

prac′tical joke′


n.
a playful trick, often involving some physical agent or means, in which the victim is placed in an embarrassing or disadvantageous position.
[1840–50]
prac′tical jok′er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.practical joke - a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)practical joke - a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)
antic, prank, put-on, joke, trick, caper - a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
April fool - a practical joke or trick played on the first day of April
hotfoot - a practical joke that involves inserting a match surreptitiously between the sole and upper of the victim's shoe and then lighting it
rag - a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)
snipe hunt - an elaborate practical joke in which the unsuspecting victim hunts a snipe and is typically left in the dark holding a bag and waiting for the snipe to run into it; "in the South a snipe hunt is practically a rite of passage"

practical joke

noun trick, joke, hoax, prank They played a silly practical joke on her.
Translations
مزْحَة ثقيلَه
kanadský žert
practical joke
hrekkur, prakkarastrik
kanadský žart
hudomušna šala
eşek şakası

practical joke

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practical

(ˈprӕktikəl) adjective
1. concerned with the doing of something. practical difficulties; His knowledge is practical rather than theoretical.
2. (of a thing, idea etc) useful; effective. You must try to find a practical answer to the problem.
3. (negative unpractical) (of a person) able to do or deal with things well or efficiently. He can look after himself – he's a very practical child.
ˌpractiˈcality (ˈkӕ-) noun
ˈpractically adverb
1. almost. The room was practically full.
2. in a practical way. Practically, it's more difficult than you think.
practical joke
a usually irritating joke consisting of an action done to someone, rather than a story told. He nailed my chair to the floor as a practical joke.
References in classic literature ?
Obviously they had decided to treat the whole matter as a practical joke and to brave it out, for outside the gates in an open fly were the whole party.
There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own.
Sir Dinadan the Humorist was the first to awake, and he soon roused the rest with a practical joke of a suffi- ciently poor quality.
Candy, the doctor, on the sore subject of his profession; and he plays you a practical joke, in return, with a dose of laudanum.
Ellmother had supposed she was in earnest, when she was guilty of no more serious offense than playing a practical joke.
He thought his uncle had been playing a practical joke on him.
My father was, in fact, a singularly good-natured man, and I think quietly enjoyed nature's practical joke.
Had any one met with a fall, or suffered a practical joke at the hands of one of the other girls, or lost a powderpuff, it was at once the fault of the ghost, of the Opera ghost.
It was a joke, my good sir--a practical joke, nothing more," he whined incessantly.
Harris said he thought that map must have been got up as a practical joke, because it wasn't a bit like the real thing, and only misleading.
The secretary was inclined to take the affair as a practical joke, but Peter Winn, after an examination of the pigeon, thought otherwise.
Miggs was hovering about too; and the fact of her existence, the mere circumstance of her ever having been born, appeared, after Dolly, such an unaccountable practical joke.

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