prank

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v prank dress up showily "He pranked himself out in his best clothes"
    • v prank dress or decorate showily or gaudily "Roses were pranking the lawn"
    • n prank a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
    • n prank acting like a clown or buffoon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When telephone companies first began hiring telephone operators, they chose teenage boys for the job. They switched to women because the teenage boys were wrestling instead of working and pulling pranks on callers
    • n Prank A gay or sportive action; a ludicrous, merry, or mischievous trick; a caper; a frolic. "The harpies . . . played their accustomed pranks .""His pranks have been too broad to bear with."
    • a Prank Full of gambols or tricks.
    • v. t Prank To adorn in a showy manner; to dress or equip ostentatiously; -- often followed by up; as, to prank up the body. See Prink. "In sumptuous tire she joyed herself to prank ."
    • v. i Prank To make ostentatious show. "White houses prank where once were huts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prank To decorate; adorn; deck; especially, to deck out in a showy manner.
    • prank To adjust; set in order.
    • prank To present a showy or gaudy appearance; make a brilliant show.
    • prank To be crafty or subtle.
    • n prank A playful or mischievous act; a trick played sometimes in malice, but more commonly in sport; an escapade; a gambol.
    • n prank Synonyms Whim, etc. (see freak), antic, vagary.
    • prank Frolicsome; mischievous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Prank prangk to display or adorn showily: to put in right order
    • v.i Prank to make great show
    • n Prank a sportive action: a mischievous trick
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. E. prink, also G. prangen, prunken, to shine, to make a show, Dan. prange, prunke, Sw. prunka, D. pronken,

Usage

In literature:

But with us, it is merely a Student Prank.
"People You Know" by George Ade
Sibylla had never quite forgiven Fritz for the prank played on her.
"Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled during Her Visit among the "Pennsylvania Germans"" by Edith M. Thomas
This absent-mindedness and habit of reading on the street affords the Sport (another college type) great opportunity for the playing of pranks.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
She was a perfect elf for pranks and jokes, yet demure as a nun.
"Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science, No. 23, February, 1873, Vol. XI. No. 23." by Various
Jeanne, meditating some prank in this respect, was even now stealthily watching him with her glittering eyes.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
They had their pranks and sprees, but they had the ideals of a true manhood.
"Have faith in Massachusetts; 2d ed." by Calvin Coolidge
The wonder is they did not spoil her with admiration, and by laughing at all her foolish little pranks.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 2 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
We don't put up with the pranks they play in Montana.
"Lady Merton, Colonist" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
What amuses me is to see a serious woman play pranks with me.
"Marie Bashkirtseff (From Childhood to Girlhood)" by Marie Bashkirtseff
She turned to Frank, who was watching Madge with startled eyes, worried as to the result of this mad prank on both the girl and mare.
"In Old Kentucky" by Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
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In poetry:

'Twas in a land of learning,
The Muse's favourite city,
Such pranks of late
Were play'd by a rat,
As—tempt one to be witty.
"The Rape of the Trap. A Ballad" by William Shenstone
"O, I will give you beautiful bairns,
The bonniest ever seen,
The daintiest clothes to prank them in,
If you will be my queen."
"Yorkshire Gypsy" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
MARIA.
Father, see! my roses
Have blossomed over night; I bring you some
To prank your study. Sister, Don Tommaso
Seeks you below.
"The Spagnoletto. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
If we have somehow worried through
The ups and downs along life's track,
And still undaunted can look back
And smile at Fortune's pranks,
For this would we give thanks.
"Let Us Give Thanks" by Hattie Howard
But earth's green mantle, pranked with flowers,
Is the couch where life with joy reposes;
And heaven gives down, with its light and showers,
To regale them, fruits,—to deck them, roses.
"For The Album of Miss Caroline C---" by John Pierpont
I know not how, and yet it seems
As in some prank of shifting dreams,
That it was I who died, not he:
And then again, I know not how,
I feel new powers upheave and glow,
And all his life that stirs in me.
"Perfect Union" by Mathilde Blind

In news:

This chick did a great job scaring her friend with a prank that included a clown mask, a sledge hammer and some saran wrap.
Check out this prank in a college class.
High School Prank Has Kids Unknowingly Making Out With Their Parents.
Year-end school pranks can veer into criminality.
A great idea for a prank or for Halloween but I thought I was going to fall asleep with her narration OMG.
Twitter goes abuzz after "OMG" Emmys prank.
Ace kisses and tells, channels Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and plays a prank on American Idol pal Bucky Covington.
Two devastated Australian DJs address the prank call that apparently upset a British nurse so much it contributed to her suicide.
Hospital employee found dead after prank call on Catherine.
Looks aside, Ford C-Max hybrid has leg up on Prius v. Radio host apologizes for royal prank call.
Last week's prank was widely condemned days after it aired , after the still-unexplained death of a nurse who answered the phone and helped two DJs get confidential information about the former Kate Middleton's health.
Australian DJs break silence over UK royal prank tragedy.
The British hospital that fell victim to a prank call from two Australian DJs asking questions about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge condemned the hoax, as the radio station behind the prank tried to defend itself against rising anger .
Anger at Australian Radio Royal Prank Continues To Grow After Nurse Death.
Kate Middleton prank call tragedy sparks angry backlash at DJs.
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In science:

M, kM(σi ) − M(σj )k1 > Ω(kσi − σj kF ) ≥ Ω kσi − σj ktr prank(σi − σj ) ! ≥ Ω (cid:18) t √r (cid:19) .
Random measurement bases, quantum state distinction and applications to the hidden subgroup problem
Let p be a prime dividing the order of a finite group G; the p–rank of G is by definition the maximal rank of a p–elementary abelian subgroup in G.
The cohomology rings of rank 3 simple groups are Cohen-Macaulay
If det(t − adL) = Pdim g j=0 pj (L) tj is the characteristic polynomial of adL, the regular semisimple elements of a semi-simple Lie algebra g are those elements for which prank g (L) 6= 0.
R-Matrices and Generalized Inverses
The multi-aspect rater we used was the PRanking algorithm , which is a perceptron-based online learning method.
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models
The second model is the standard PRanking algorithm over input features, which we denote by “PRank”.
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models
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