how to pronounce pratfall


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pratfall is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of pratfall in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… the pratfall effect and yeah and uh …”

meanings of pratfall


  1. A staged trip or fall, often for comedic purposes.
  2. A fall onto the buttocks.
  3. A humiliating mistake.


  1. To fall on to the buttocks.

pratfall frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word pratfall occurs in english on average 0.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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