from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fall on the buttocks.
  • n. A humiliating error, failure, or defeat: "His characters not only survive their snarled problems and pratfalls but learn from their experiences” ( Joyce Carol Oates).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fall onto the buttocks.
  • n. A humiliating mistake.
  • n. A staged trip or fall, often for comedic purposes.
  • v. To fall on to the buttocks.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fall onto your buttocks
  • n. an embarrassing mistake


prat +‎ fall (Wiktionary)



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  • Adding to who knew

    April 12, 2009

  • Literally: a fall on your ass.

    January 9, 2007