prank

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.

Definitions of prank
  1. noun
    a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
    synonyms: antic, caper, joke, put-on, trick
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    dirty trick
    an unkind or aggressive trick
    practical joke
    a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)
    April fool
    a practical joke or trick played on the first day of April
    hotfoot
    a practical joke that involves inserting a match surreptitiously between the sole and upper of the victim's shoe and then lighting it
    rag
    a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)
    snipe hunt
    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
    type of:
    diversion, recreation
    an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates
  2. verb
    dress or decorate showily or gaudily
    “Roses were pranking the lawn”
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    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  3. verb
    dress up showily
    “He pranked himself out in his best clothes”
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    attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, get up, gussy up, overdress, prink, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up
    put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive
  4. noun
    acting like a clown or buffoon
    synonyms: buffoonery, clowning, frivolity, harlequinade, japery
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    schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik
    (Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning
    type of:
    craziness, folly, foolery, indulgence, lunacy, tomfoolery
    foolish or senseless behavior
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