Etymology
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pratfall (n.)

"a comedy fall," by 1930, said to be a word from burlesque or vaudeville theater, from prat "buttock" + fall (n.). "Chiefly N. Amer. slang" [OED]. As a verb from 1940.

updated on October 04, 2020

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Definitions of pratfall from WordNet

pratfall (n.)
a fall onto your buttocks;
pratfall (n.)
an embarrassing mistake;
Synonyms: blunder / blooper / bloomer / bungle / foul-up / fuckup / flub / botch / boner / boo-boo
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.