American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mischievous trick or practical joke.
- v. To decorate or dress ostentatiously or gaudily.
- v. To make an ostentatious display.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To decorate; adorn; deck; especially, to deck out in a showy manner.
- To adjust; set in order.
- To present a showy or gaudy appearance; make a brilliant show.
- To be crafty or subtle.
- n. A playful or mischievous act; a trick played sometimes in malice, but more commonly in sport; an escapade; a gambol.
- n. Synonyms Whim, etc. (see freak), antic, vagary.
- Frolicsome; mischievous.
- n. obsolete An evil deed; a malicious trick, an act of cruel deception.
- n. A practical joke or mischievous trick.
- v. transitive To adorn in a showy manner; to dress or equip ostentatiously.
- v. transitive To perform a practical joke on; to trick.
- v. transitive, slang To call someone's phone and promptly hang up
- adj. obsolete Full of gambols or tricks.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To adorn in a showy manner; to dress or equip ostentatiously; -- often followed by
up. See prink.
- v. To make ostentatious show.
- n. A gay or sportive action; a ludicrous, merry, or mischievous trick; a caper; a frolic.
- adj. obsolete Full of gambols or tricks.
- v. dress or decorate showily or gaudily
- n. a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
- n. acting like a clown or buffoon
- v. dress up showily
- From Middle English pranken ("to adorn, arrange one's attire"), probably from Middle Dutch pronken, proncken ("to flaunt, make a show, arrange one's attire"). Cognate with Middle Low German prunken ("to flaunt"), German prunken ("to flaunt"), Danish prunke ("to make a show, prank"). Connected also with German prangen ("to make a show, be resplendent"), Dutch prangen ("to squeeze, press"), Danish pragt ("pomp, splendor"), all from Proto-Germanic *pranganan, *prangijanan, *prag- (“to press, squeeze, thring”), from Proto-Indo-European *brAngh- (“to press, squeeze”). Sense of "mischievous act" from earlier verbal sense of "to be crafty or subtle, set in order, adjust". See also prink, prance. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown.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). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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