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 for Practical joke
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Joke \Joke\, n. [L. jocus. Cf Jeopardy, Jocular, Juggler.]
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     1. Something said for the sake of exciting a laugh; something
        witty or sportive (commonly indicating more of hilarity or
        humor than jest); a jest; a witticism; as, to crack
        good-natured jokes.
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              And gentle dullness ever loves a joke. --Pope.
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              Or witty joke our airy senses moves
              To pleasant laughter.                 --Gay.
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     2. Something not said seriously, or not actually meant;
        something done in sport.
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              Inclose whole downs in walls, 't is all a joke.
                                                    --Pope.
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     In joke, in jest; sportively; not meant seriously.
  
     Practical joke. See under Practical.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Practical \Prac"ti*cal\, a. [L. practicus active, Gr. ? fit for
     doing or performing, practical, active, fr. ? to do, work,
     effect: cf. F. pratique, formerly also practique. Cf.
     Pragmatic, Practice.]
     1. Of or pertaining to practice or action.
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     2. Capable of being turned to use or account; useful, in
        distinction from ideal or theoretical; as, practical
        chemistry. "Man's practical understanding." --South. "For
        all practical purposes." --Macaulay.
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     3. Evincing practice or skill; capable of applying knowledge
        to some useful end; as, a practical man; a practical mind.
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     4. Derived from practice; as, practical skill.
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     Practical joke, a joke put in practice; a joke the fun of
        which consists in something done, in distinction from
        something said; esp., a trick played upon a person.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  practical joke
      n 1: a prank or trick played on a person (especially one
           intended to make the victim appear foolish)

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