(Prank), n. A gay or sportive action; a ludicrous, merry, or mischievous trick; a caper; a frolic. Spenser.
The harpies . . . played their accustomed pranks.Sir W. Raleigh.
His pranks have been too broad to bear with.Shak.
(Prank), a. Full of gambols or tricks. [Obs.]
(Prank"er) n. One who dresses showily; a prinker. "A pranker or a dancer." Burton.
(Prank"ish), a. Full of pranks; frolicsome.
(Prase) n. [L. prasius, fr. Gr. of a leek-green, fr. Gr. a leek: cf. F. prase.] (Min.) A variety of
cryptocrystalline of a leek-green color.
(Pra"se*o-) [Gr. leek-green, green, fr. a leek.] A combining form signifying green; as, praseocobalt,
a green variety of cobalt.
(Pra`se*o*dym"i*um) n. [Praseo- + didymium.] (Chem.) An elementary substance,
one of the constituents of didymium; so called from the green color of its salts. Symbol Ps. Atomic
(Pra"se*o*lite) n. [Praseo- + -lite.] (Min.) A variety of altered iolite of a green color and
(Pras"i*nous) a. [L. prasinus, Gr. fr. a leek.] Grass-green; clear, lively green, without any
(Pra"soid) a. [Gr. leek + - oid.] (Min.) Resembling prase.
(Prate) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Prated; p. pr. & vb. n. Prating.] [Akin to LG. & D. praten, Dan.
prate, Sw. & Icel. prata.] To talk much and to little purpose; to be loquacious; to speak foolishly; to
To prate and talk for life and honor.Shak.
And make a fool presume to prate of love.Dryden.
(Prate), v. t. To utter foolishly; to speak without reason or purpose; to chatter, or babble.
What nonsense would the fool, thy master, prate,Dryden.
When thou, his knave, canst talk at such a rate !
(Prate), n. [Akin to LG. & D. praat, Sw. prat.] Talk to little purpose; trifling talk; unmeaning loquacity.
Sick of tops, and poetry, and prate.Pope.
(Prate"ful) a. Talkative. [R.] W. Taylor.
(Prat"er) n. One who prates. Shak.
(Prat"ic) n. See Pratique.
(Pra"tin*cole) n. (Zoöl.) Any bird of the Old World genus Glareola, or family Glareolidæ, allied
to the plovers. They have long, pointed wings and a forked tail.
(Prat"ing*ly) adv. With idle talk; with loquacity.