buffoonery vs prank what difference

what is difference between buffoonery and prank

English

Etymology

buffoon +‎ -ery

Pronunciation

  • (Canada) IPA(key): /bəˈfuːnəɹi/

Noun

buffoonery (countable and uncountable, plural buffooneries)

  1. The behaviour expected of a buffoon; foolishness, silliness.
    • before 1891: P.T. Barnum, quoted in The Life of Phineas T. Barnum [1]
      The Temperance Reform was too serious a matter for trifling jokes and buffooneries.

Translations



English

Etymology

From Middle English pranken (to adorn, arrange one’s attire), probably from Middle Dutch pronken, proncken (to flaunt, make a show, arrange one’s attire), related to German prangen (to make a show, be resplendent), Dutch prangen (to squeeze, press), Danish pragt (pomp, splendor), all from Proto-Germanic *pranganą, *prangijaną, *prag- (to press, squeeze, thring), from Proto-Indo-European *brAngh- (to press, squeeze). Or, perhaps ultimately related to Proto-Germanic *brahtaz, similar to Dutch pracht (splendor), Swedish prakt (glory, pomp) (loaned from Low German).

Cognate with Middle Low German prunken (to flaunt), German prunken (to flaunt), Danish prunke (to make a show, prank). Sense of “mischievous act” from earlier verbal sense of “to be crafty or subtle, set in order, adjust”. See also prink, prance, prong.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: prăngk, IPA(key): /pɹæŋk/
  • Rhymes: -æŋk

Noun

prank (plural pranks)

  1. A practical joke or mischievous trick.
    He pulled a gruesome prank on his sister.
    • The harpies [] played their accustomed pranks.
  2. (obsolete) An evil deed; a malicious trick, an act of cruel deception.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:joke

Derived terms

  • prankish
  • pranksome
  • pranker
  • prankster
  • pranky

Translations

Verb

prank (third-person singular simple present pranks, present participle pranking, simple past pranked, past participle pranked or (archaic) prankt)

  1. (transitive) To perform a practical joke on; to trick.
  2. (transitive, slang) 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?
  3. (transitive) To adorn in a showy manner; to dress or equip ostentatiously.
    • 1748, James Thomson, The Castle of Indolence, B:II
      And there a Seaſon atween June and May,
      Half prankt with Spring, with Summer half imbrown’d,
      A liſtleſs Climate made, where, Sooth to ſay,
      No living Wight could work, ne cared even for Play.
    • 1880 Dante Gabriel Rosetti, For Spring, by Sandro Botticelli, lines 2–3
      Flora, wanton-eyed
      For birth, and with all flowrets prankt and pied:
  4. (intransitive) To make ostentatious show.
    • 1867, Matthew Arnold, “Obermann Once More”, in New Poems
      White houses prank where once were huts.

Synonyms

(call and promptly hang up): missed call, missed-call

Translations

Adjective

prank

  1. (obsolete) Full of gambols or tricks.

References


Danish

Noun

prank

  1. prank
    • 2016, Klaus Rifbjerg, Falsk forår, Gyldendal A/S (→ISBN)
      Hvad hun tillod sig nu var altså en prank, en joke, noget, der havde med overskud at gøre og slet ikke kunne bringes under de rubrikker, hun lå og forestillede sig.
    • 2014, Nick Clausen, Kanel, klejner og julekaos, Tellerup A/S (→ISBN)
      Bare fordi det er min tur til at finde på en prank gider du ikke gøre dig umage .
    • 2016, Lasse Henriksen, Pil Ingerslev, Benny 1’s normale guide til det paranormale, Art People (→ISBN)
      Pranken fik sit eget liv, …

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social Share Buttons and Icons powered by Ultimatelysocial