Meaning of “prank” in the English Dictionary

"prank" in British English

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pranknoun [ C ]

uk /præŋk/ us /præŋk/

a trick that is intended to be funny but not to cause harm or damage:

When I was at school we were always playing pranks on our teachers.
I've had enough of your childish pranks.

prankverb [ I or T ]

uk /præŋk/ us /præŋk/

to play a trick on someone that is intended to be funny but not to cause harm or damage:

He finally realized he'd been pranked.
pranking
noun [ U ] uk /ˈpræŋ.kɪŋ/ us /ˈpræŋ.kɪŋ/

It was just harmless pranking.

(Definition of “prank” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prank" in American English

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pranknoun [ C ]

us /præŋk/

a trick that is intended to be amusing and often to make someone look foolish:

She’s always playing pranks on her little brother.

(Definition of “prank” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)