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prank 1

 (prăngk)
n.
A mischievous trick or practical joke.

[Origin unknown.]

prank 2

 (prăngk)
tr.v. pranked, prank·ing, pranks
To decorate or dress ostentatiously or gaudily: was pranked up in his best suit.

[From Middle English pranken, to show off, perhaps from Middle Dutch pronken (from pronk, show, display) and from Middle Low German prunken (from prank, display).]

prank

(præŋk)
n
a mischievous trick or joke, esp one in which something is done rather than said
[C16: of unknown origin]
ˈprankish adj

prank

(præŋk)
vb
1. (tr) to dress or decorate showily or gaudily
2. (intr) to make an ostentatious display
[C16: from Middle Dutch pronken; related to German Prunk splendour, prangen to be in full splendour]

prank1

(præŋk)

n.
a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature.
[1520–30; orig. uncertain]

prank2

(præŋk)

v.t.
1. to dress or adorn in an ostentatious manner.
v.i.
2. to make an ostentatious show or display.
[1540–50; akin to Dutch pronken to show off, strut, pronk show, finery, Middle Low German prank pomp]

prank


Past participle: pranked
Gerund: pranking

Imperative
prank
prank
Present
I prank
you prank
he/she/it pranks
we prank
you prank
they prank
Preterite
I pranked
you pranked
he/she/it pranked
we pranked
you pranked
they pranked
Present Continuous
I am pranking
you are pranking
he/she/it is pranking
we are pranking
you are pranking
they are pranking
Present Perfect
I have pranked
you have pranked
he/she/it has pranked
we have pranked
you have pranked
they have pranked
Past Continuous
I was pranking
you were pranking
he/she/it was pranking
we were pranking
you were pranking
they were pranking
Past Perfect
I had pranked
you had pranked
he/she/it had pranked
we had pranked
you had pranked
they had pranked
Future
I will prank
you will prank
he/she/it will prank
we will prank
you will prank
they will prank
Future Perfect
I will have pranked
you will have pranked
he/she/it will have pranked
we will have pranked
you will have pranked
they will have pranked
Future Continuous
I will be pranking
you will be pranking
he/she/it will be pranking
we will be pranking
you will be pranking
they will be pranking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pranking
you have been pranking
he/she/it has been pranking
we have been pranking
you have been pranking
they have been pranking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pranking
you will have been pranking
he/she/it will have been pranking
we will have been pranking
you will have been pranking
they will have been pranking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pranking
you had been pranking
he/she/it had been pranking
we had been pranking
you had been pranking
they had been pranking
Conditional
I would prank
you would prank
he/she/it would prank
we would prank
you would prank
they would prank
Past Conditional
I would have pranked
you would have pranked
he/she/it would have pranked
we would have pranked
you would have pranked
they would have pranked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prank - acting like a clown or buffoonprank - acting like a clown or buffoon  
foolery, tomfoolery, lunacy, craziness, folly, indulgence - foolish or senseless behavior
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik - (Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning; "his shtik made us laugh"
2.prank - a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusementprank - a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
dirty trick - an unkind or aggressive trick
practical joke - a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)
Verb1.prank - dress or decorate showily or gaudily; "Roses were pranking the lawn"
adorn, decorate, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"
2.prank - dress up showily; "He pranked himself out in his best clothes"
attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up, gussy up, overdress, prink, get up - put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive; "She never dresses up, even when she goes to the opera"; "The young girls were all fancied up for the party"

prank

noun trick, lark (informal), caper, frolic, escapade, practical joke, skylarking (informal), antic, jape a stupid schoolboy prank

prank 1

noun
A mischievous act:
Informal: shenanigan.
Slang: monkeyshine (often used in plural).

prank 2

verb
To dress in formal or special clothing:
Informal: trick out (or up).
Slang: doll up.
Translations
حيلَه مُضْحِكَهمَزْحَة
kanadský žertíkžert
drengestregnummerpractical joke
kepponenelkeet
podvalapsina
prakkarastrik, hrekkur
戯れ
장난
draiskulībanerātnība
potegavščina
busstreck
การเล่นตลก
eşek şakasıkaba şakamuziplik
trò đùa

prank

[præŋk] Nbroma f
a student prankuna broma estudiantil
a childish prankuna travesura, una diablura
to play a prank on sbgastar una broma a algn

prank

[ˈpræŋk] nfarce f

prank

nStreich m; (harmless also) → Ulk m; to play a prank on somebodyjdm einen Streich spielen; (harmless also) → einen Ulk mit jdm machen

prank

[præŋk] nscherzetto, burla
a childish prank → una birichinata
to play a prank on sb → giocare un tiro a qn, fare uno scherzo a qn

prank

(prӕŋk) noun
a trick; a practical joke.

prank

مَزْحَة kanadský žertík drengestreg Streich φάρσα travesura kepponen farce podvala beffa 戯れ 장난 streek rampestrek wybryk travessura шалость busstreck การเล่นตลก kaba şaka trò đùa 胡闹
References in classic literature ?
Sallie Gardiner was absorbed in keeping her white pique dress clean and chattering with the ubiquitous Fred, who kept Beth in constant terror by his pranks.
The field for the exhibition of her creative instinct was painfully small, and the only use she had made of it as yet was to leave eggs out of the corn bread one day and milk another, to see how it would turn out; to part Fanny's hair sometimes in the middle, sometimes on the right, and sometimes on the left side; and to play all sorts of fantastic pranks with the children, occasionally bringing them to the table as fictitious or historical characters found in her favorite books.
The idea struck me that if she discovered I knew or suspected her guilt, she would be playing of some of her malignant pranks on me; I thought it advisable to be on my guard.
By my faith, master mine, the ills of others hang by a hair; every day I am discovering more and more how little I have to hope for from keeping company with your worship; for if this time you have allowed me to be drubbed, the next time, or a hundred times more, we'll have the blanketings of the other day over again, and all the other pranks which, if they have fallen on my shoulders now, will be thrown in my teeth by-and-by.
All my life I have had an impulse to play such pranks, so that in the end I could not control it in myself.
When he was only eleven, he chose his companions from among the young men of eighteen or twenty, the worst characters in Bastia, or, indeed, in Corsica, and they had already, for some mischievous pranks, been several times threatened with a prosecution.
They amused themselves heartily, for a while, at the expense of his terrors; and after having played off divers Crow pranks and pleasantries, suffered him to depart unharmed.
I did ill to take my bow down from its peg on the day I led my band of Trojans to Ilius in Hector's service, and if ever I get home again to set eyes on my native place, my wife, and the greatness of my house, may some one cut my head off then and there if I do not break the bow and set it on a hot fire--such pranks as it plays me.
The fresh morning air and the cool flowing waters put both soul and body in a glow, and after a half-hour employed in this recreation, we sauntered back to the house--Tinor and Marheyo gathering dry sticks by the way for fire-wood; some of the young men laying the cocoanut trees under contribution as they passed beneath them; while Kory-Kory played his outlandish pranks for my particular diversion, and Fayaway and I, not arm in arm to be sure, but sometimes hand in hand, strolled along, with feelings of perfect charity for all the world, and especial good-will towards each other.
To this we may ascribe many of their whimsical pranks and absurd propositions, and, above all, their mysterious colloquies in Gaelic.
The child with his sweet pranks, the fool of his senses, commanded by every sight and sound, without any power to compare and rank his sensations, abandoned to a whistle or a painted chip, to a lead dragoon or a gingerbread-dog, individualizing everything, generalizing nothing, delighted with every new thing, lies down at night overpowered by the fatigue which this day of continual pretty madness has incurred.
The weather was fine, and the wind was blowing from the right quarter; so that a good breakfast, seasoned with Joe's merry pranks, put them in high good-humor.