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Prank vs. Joke

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Pranknoun

A practical joke or mischievous trick.

‘He pulled a gruesome prank on his sister.’;

Jokenoun

An amusing story.

Pranknoun

(obsolete) An evil deed; a malicious trick, an act of cruel deception.

Jokenoun

Something said or done for amusement, not in seriousness.

‘It was a joke!’;

Prankverb

(transitive) To perform a practical joke on; to trick.

Jokenoun

(figuratively) The root cause or main issue, especially an unexpected one

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Prankverb

To call someone's phone and promptly hang up

‘Hey man, prank me when you wanna get picked up.’; ‘I don't have your number in my phone; can you prank me?’;

Jokenoun

(figuratively) A laughably worthless thing or person; a sham.

‘Your effort at cleaning your room is a joke.’; ‘The president was a joke.’;

Prankverb

(transitive) To adorn in a showy manner; to dress or equip ostentatiously.

Jokeverb

(intransitive) To do or say something for amusement rather than seriously.

‘I didn’t mean what I said — I was only joking.’;

Prankverb

(intransitive) To make ostentatious show.

Jokeverb

(intransitive, followed by with) To dupe in a friendly manner for amusement; to mess with, play with.

‘Relax, man, I'm just joking with you.’;

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Prankadjective

(obsolete) Full of gambols or tricks.

Jokeverb

To make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally.

‘to joke a comrade’;

Prankverb

To adorn in a showy manner; to dress or equip ostentatiously; - often followed by up; as, to prank up the body. See Prink.

‘In sumptuous tire she joyed herself to prank.’;

Jokenoun

Something said for the sake of exciting a laugh; something witty or sportive (commonly indicating more of hilarity or humor than jest); a jest; a witticism; as, to crack good-natured jokes.

‘And gentle dullness ever loves a joke.’; ‘Or witty joke our airy senses movesTo pleasant laughter.’;

Prankverb

To make ostentatious show.

‘White houses prank where once were huts.’;

Jokenoun

Something not said seriously, or not actually meant; something done in sport.

‘Inclose whole downs in walls, 't is all a joke.’;

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Pranknoun

A gay or sportive action; a ludicrous, merry, or mischievous trick; a caper; a frolic.

‘The harpies . . . played their accustomed pranks.’; ‘His pranks have been too broad to bear with.’;

Jokeverb

To make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally; to banter; as, to joke a comrade.

Prankadjective

Full of gambols or tricks.

Jokeverb

To do something for sport, or as a joke; to be merry in words or actions; to jest.

‘He laughed, shouted, joked, and swore.’;

Pranknoun

acting like a clown or buffoon

Jokenoun

a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter;

‘he told a very funny joke’; ‘he knows a million gags’; ‘thanks for the laugh’; ‘he laughed unpleasantly at hisown jest’; ‘even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point’;

Pranknoun

a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement

Jokenoun

activity characterized by good humor

Prankverb

dress or decorate showily or gaudily;

‘Roses were pranking the lawn’;

Jokenoun

a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement

Prankverb

dress up showily;

‘He pranked himself out in his best clothes’;

Jokenoun

a triviality not to be taken seriously;

‘I regarded his campaign for mayor as a joke’;

Jokeverb

tell a joke; speak humorously;

‘He often jokes even when he appears serious’;

Jokeverb

act in a funny or teasing way

Joke

A joke is a display of humour in which words are used within a specific and well-defined narrative structure to make people laugh and is usually not meant to be taken seriously. It takes the form of a story, usually with dialogue, and ends in a punch line.

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