Definition of prankster in US English:



  • A person fond of playing pranks.

    • ‘The 60-year-old was trapped inside his home for crucial minutes while fire crews dealt with rubbish set alight by pranksters on the other side of town.’
    • ‘Whether these threats are the work of the same person or people who planted the explosive device, or misguided pranksters, they have multiplied the effect of the explosion.’
    • ‘We are idealists, anarchists, guerrilla tacticians, pranksters, neo-Luddites, poets, philosophers and punks.’
    • ‘Her father was a prankster and mischievous person when he was her age.’
    • ‘The actor has enjoyed more than his fair share of media coverage recently concerning his whirlwind relationship and engagement, and then his soaking by pranksters on Sunday.’
    • ‘In 1992, pranksters turned the horse into a zebra by using rolls of black bin bags to create stripes down the sides, and the association said there had also been attempts to turn it into an elephant.’
    • ‘The pranksters had also stained it to make it look old.’
    • ‘Police were inundated with calls throughout Sunday evening as pranksters gathered in large numbers, let off fireworks and attacked dozens of homes with eggs.’
    • ‘Police believe teenage pranksters are hacking into the wireless frequency of a drive-through speaker to tell potential customers they are too fat for fast food.’
    • ‘But I'm sorry, if you carry on the way he has over the last three weeks, you can only expect the English pranksters to come out.’
    • ‘Walking the gallery, we see them gradually transformed from craftsmen and aspiring gentlemen to bohemians, political agitators, philosophers and pranksters.’
    • ‘Are they artists, pranksters or techno-saboteurs?’
    • ‘It's hard for us to take these huge bids seriously because there's a lot of pranksters out there.’
    • ‘Through art exhibits, panel discussions, and chaotic socialization, we will fête the fearless Situationist spirit that San Francisco's pranksters embody.’
    • ‘Our fascination with ostensibly harmless hoaxes stems, perhaps, from admiration for the ingenuity of the pranksters, combined with schadenfreude towards the duped.’
    • ‘Dismiss them as publicity-seeking pranksters if you like.’
    • ‘But the pranksters don't seem like overly reflective types, and that's to their credit.’
    • ‘Police are warning that pranksters will be punished if they go over the top during the ‘mischief’ period around Halloween and Bonfire Night.’
    • ‘After months of speculation the pranksters will be revealed when Santa makes an appearance at the pub's Christmas draw on December 19.’
    • ‘He talks about his passion for cricket and his days as a prankster fond of practical jokes.’
    mischievous child, imp, monkey, puck, rascal, rogue, minx, mischief-maker, tearaway
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