Someone who pranks someone else is called a prankster. What is a person who gets pranked called? Is the term "prank victim"?

4 Answers 4


Depends on the point of view:

from the prankster the word "target" could be relevant

But, from a bystander the word "victim" would also work.

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    Given how most "pranks" seem to be not-very-well-disguised abuse, victim is absolutely the word that comes to mind.
    – JKreft
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 12:40
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    @JKreft yes, gone from a simple harmless practical joke, some pranks are now downright vicious...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 12:46
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    Target and victim are general terms that can be used in different contexts. The OP is looking for words or expressions which clearly relates to pranks.
    – user29952
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 13:25
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    @user070221 that's the beauty of the language - the variety of words that can be used...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 16:42

You have prankee:

The victim of a prank.

  • 2003, Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest, Google hacks (page 271): There are three ways to deliver the prank to the prankee. The first way is in person. (Wiktionary)

But “prank victim” is more commonly used.

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    There is also victim of the prank, which, interestingly enough, is the only one of the three to get a hit in Google Ngrams.
    – J.R.
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 7:42
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    @J.R. and better, probably, victim of a prank.
    – user29952
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 7:45
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    Wow, yes, but that's a entirely different question – one that probably would merit the articles tag!
    – J.R.
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 7:54
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    This askee's answer seems to be what the askster was looking for.
    – DonQuiKong
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 10:01

The person who gets pranked can be called the laughingstock or the butt of the joke. In addition, there are many words for victims who are tricked by minor frauds, which can also be applied to prank victims: sucker, dupe, mark, chump, sap, patsy.


Not a direct answer to your question, but nonetheless relevant: we can coin words by analogy and native speakers will understand them.

Prankster and the prankified.

We could even say

Did I ever get pranked. I got totally prankified.

The coined past participle prankified creates ad hoc the transitive verb to prankify by analogy with other verbs ending in -ify.

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    Looks like there is a prankified.com
    – user29952
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 13:16
  • I don't get the downvotes here. This seems like useful information for a learner.
    – J.R.
    Commented Jul 29, 2018 at 10:55
  • It's the internet, @J.R. :)
    – TimR
    Commented Jul 29, 2018 at 11:08

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