(Prais"er) n.

1. One who praises. "Praisers of men." Sir P. Sidney.

2. An appraiser; a valuator. [Obs.] Sir T. North.

(Praise"wor`thi*ly) adv. In a praiseworthy manner. Spenser.

(Praise"wor`thi*ness), n. The quality or state of being praiseworthy.

(Praise"wor`thy) a. Worthy of praise or applause; commendable; as, praiseworthy action; he was praiseworthy. Arbuthnot.

(Pra"krit) n. [Skr. prak&rsdotta original, natural, usual, common, vulgar.] Any one of the popular dialects descended from, or akin to, Sanskrit; — in distinction from the Sanskrit, which was used as a literary and learned language when no longer spoken by the people. Pali is one of the Prakrit dialects.

(Pra*krit"ic) a. Pertaining to Prakrit.

(Pram Prame) , n. (Naut.) See Praam.

(Prance) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pranced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Prancing ] [OE. prauncen; probably akin to prank, v. t. See Prank.]

1. To spring or bound, as a horse in high mettle.

Now rule thy prancing steed.

2. To ride on a prancing horse; to ride in an ostentatious manner.

The insulting tyrant prancing o'er the field.

3. To walk or strut about in a pompous, showy manner, or with warlike parade. Swift.

(Pran"cer) n. A horse which prances.

Then came the captain . . . upon a brave prancer.

(Pran"di*al) a. [L. prandium a repast.] Of or pertaining to a repast, especially to dinner.

(||Pran"gos) n. [From the native name in Afghanistan.] (Bot.) A genus of umbelliferous plants, one species of which found in Thibet, Cashmere, Afghanistan, etc., has been used as fodder for cattle. It has decompound leaves with very long narrow divisions, and a highly fragrant smell resembling that of new clover hay.

(Prank) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pranked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pranking.] [Cf. E. prink, also G. prangen, prunken, to shine, to make a show, Dan. prange, prunke, Sw. prunka, D. pronken.] To adorn in a showy manner; to dress or equip ostentatiously; — often followed by up; as, to prank up the body. See Prink.

In sumptuous tire she joyed herself to prank.

(Prank), v. i. To make ostentatious show.

White houses prank where once were huts.
M. Arnold.

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