Definitions

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  • noun Prankish behaviour; mischief.

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  • noun the trait of indulging in disreputable pranks

Etymologies

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prankish +‎ -ness

Examples

  • This is the sort of "prankishness" one imagines Kazin to have been complaining about and that no longer ” after fifty years of postmodern experimentation (and five Zuckerman books by Philip Roth) ” sticks in our craw.

    Justice to J.D. Salinger

  • They were the mysterious, the unknown, and who was I, a seven-year-old, to analyse them and know their prankishness?

    Chapter 4

  • He lost his easy affability, his prankishness, and much of his good humor.

    EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON

  • Brendan Gill, writing in The New Yorker, referred to some of his work as "boyish prankishness."

    A Maverick Master

  • And I think that the prankishness of George's books, this dressing up in a quarterback's togs, playing golf with Sam Snead and all that, tied in somehow with the prankishness, the game-ness, this willingness to be fantastic which related to George's experiences at the Lampoon.

    The Last Gentleman

  • But Sarah and Mellie, in their overalls and dirty baseball jerseys, never had the boys 'heartless prankishness, the little devils dancing in the blacks of their eyes.

    Excerpt: A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You by Amy Bloom

  • Like "Penrod" and "Seventeen," this book contains some remarkable phases of real boyhood and some of the best stories of juvenile prankishness that have ever been written.

    The Shield of Silence

  • Like "Penrod" and "Seventeen," this book contains some remarkable phases of real boyhood and some of the best stories of juvenile prankishness that have ever been written.

    Eve to the Rescue

  • Like "Penrod" and "Seventeen," this book contains some remarkable phases of real boyhood and some of the best stories of juvenile prankishness that have ever been written.

    Free Air

  • They were the mysterious, the unknown, and who was I, a seven-year-old, to analyse them and know their prankishness?

    Chapter IV

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