Pretending to be someone else on the phone or putting a whoopee cushion on someone's chair are two very old types of a prank, or practical joke, played at someone else's expense.
There are many kinds of pranks in the world. If you called a friend and said you were the police, that would be a prank phone call. Some pranks can be mean and even dangerous, while others are silly. Some people prank their friends, while others prank people they dislike. Some people never outgrow the need to pull a good prank. A less common meaning of prank is to dress up in a showy or silly way.
Primary Meanings of prank
a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
dress or decorate showily or gaudily
acting like a clown or buffoon
n a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
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an unkind or aggressive trick
a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)
a practical joke or trick played on the first day of April
a practical joke that involves inserting a match surreptitiously between the sole and upper of the victim's shoe and then lighting it
a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)
an elaborate practical joke in which the unsuspecting victim hunts a snipe and is typically left in the dark holding a bag and waiting for the snipe to run into it