One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A prank; a playful or capricious trick, a riotous practice. Chiefly in plural Compare "rex".
Late 16th century; earliest use found in George Gascoigne (d. 1577), author and soldier. Origin uncertain, as is the earliest form of the word. Apparently related to rex: see discussion at that entry. Perhaps compare also freak.
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