prank

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
prank1 /præŋk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. an amusing or playful trick:a silly schoolboy prank.
prank•ster, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
prank1  (prangk),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature.
  • origin, originally uncertain 1520–30
    caper, escapade, antic, shenanigan.

prank2  (prangk),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to dress or adorn in an ostentatious manner:They were all pranked out in their fanciest clothes.

v.i. 
  1. to make an ostentatious show or display.
  • akin to Dutch pronken to show off, strut, pronk show, finery, Middle Low German prank pomp 1540–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
prank /præŋk/ n
  1. a mischievous trick or joke, esp one in which something is done rather than said
Etymology: 16th Century: of unknown origin

ˈprankish adj
prank /præŋk/ vb
  1. (transitive) to dress or decorate showily or gaudily
  2. (intransitive) to make an ostentatious display
Etymology: 16th Century: from Middle Dutch pronken; related to German Prunk splendour, prangen to be in full splendour
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