Definition of practical joke in English:

practical joke

noun

  • A trick played on someone in order to make them look foolish and to amuse others.

    • ‘The build-up has the atmosphere of a phoney war as the rivals perfect the various practical jokes and wind-ups that will help unsettle their enemy's preparations.’
    • ‘Sometimes his colleagues, with their love of practical jokes, haven't been so helpful.’
    • ‘The prank was part of a British TV show that plays practical jokes on celebrities.’
    • ‘He said his friend was notorious for playing practical jokes.’
    • ‘I got to thinking about other, specifically rural pranks and practical jokes and could not come up with all that many…’
    • ‘There was only one thing that my two brothers could ever specialize in, and that was in pranks and practical jokes.’
    • ‘With their real selves hidden from view, clowns can manage to play the silliest of practical jokes upon each other, without causing offence to anyone.’
    • ‘Made in America, the show features a group of men who perform bizarre stunts and practical jokes which often involve damaging and setting fire to things.’
    • ‘Adolescent humor shines in the gag, the prank and the practical joke.’
    • ‘Knowing that the end is near, he and his gang let loose with a torrent of pranks and practical jokes designed to drive the association and the local cops crazy.’
    • ‘So I've cut down on my practical jokes to people who I really don't like.’
    • ‘For most children, the night has always been about practical jokes.’
    • ‘She wanted to believe it was simply one of their housemates playing a practical joke, a haunted house trick.’
    • ‘The youngsters portray the rivalry between two groups and the way a third group defuses situations with practical jokes and comedy.’
    • ‘As you can well imagine, the practical jokes were relentless and wicked, and if you didn't have a sense of humour you didn't survive.’
    • ‘That's the origin of our annual day of pranks and practical jokes.’
    • ‘Perhaps, it dawns on our fraternal protagonists, you really shouldn't mess about with practical jokes on the airwaves.’
    • ‘He would tell awful, horrendous jokes and he would play practical jokes on people.’
    • ‘I heard that Bob used to play a lot of practical jokes while on the movie set, and I was wondering if she had any fond memories.’
    • ‘Known for enjoying practical jokes, she was one of few women in the camp, and she had the respect of everyone.’
    trick, joke, prank, jape, hoax
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Pronunciation

practical joke