from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fall on the buttocks.
- n. A humiliating error, failure, or defeat: "His characters not only survive their snarled problems and pratfalls but learn from their experiences” ( Joyce Carol Oates).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fall onto the buttocks.
- n. A humiliating mistake.
- n. A staged trip or fall, often for comedic purposes.
- v. To fall on to the buttocks.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fall onto your buttocks
- n. an embarrassing mistake
True that, somehow, a pratfall is always funnier than a straight walk, even on a high wire.
Or consider what psychologists call the "pratfall effect": Attractive people, it turns out, become more attractive if they commit a blunder.
If you can’t tell a joke without yelling into the mic or making some kind of pratfall, then I suggest you invest your money well, you’ll need it very soon and for a long time. —
Comity takes another pratfall at the Kirkland household with this compelling argument
Moneyrunner: Comity takes another pratfall at the Kirkland household with this compelling argumentArthur then makes the case for partisan posturing rather than principle.
No 'whatever happened to Spangles' routine – just pratfall after pratfall.
It waits for somebody like you to pratfall and then it jumps.
There was more to the joke than just the pratfall or its equivalent.
Not because he's just a dog but because he's the only character in the film who knows how to do a pratfall and that trick is no small feat by any means.
A good pratfall is what turned the silent screen into an audience's roar.