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


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. Jul 28 '18 at 7:42
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    @J.R. and better, probably, victim of a prank. – user070221 Jul 28 '18 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. Jul 28 '18 at 7:54
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    This askee's answer seems to be what the askster was looking for. – DonQuiKong Jul 28 '18 at 10:01

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 Jul 28 '18 at 12:40
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    @JKreft yes, gone from a simple harmless practical joke, some pranks are now downright vicious... – Solar Mike Jul 28 '18 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. – user070221 Jul 28 '18 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 Jul 28 '18 at 16:42

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.

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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 – user070221 Jul 28 '18 at 13:16
  • I don't get the downvotes here. This seems like useful information for a learner. – J.R. Jul 29 '18 at 10:55
  • It's the internet, @J.R. :) – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 29 '18 at 11:08

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