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tricky

[trik-ee]
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adjective, trick·i·er, trick·i·est.
  1. given to or characterized by deceitful tricks; crafty; wily.
  2. skilled in clever tricks or dodges.
  3. deceptive, uncertain, or difficult to deal with or handle.
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Origin of tricky

First recorded in 1780–90; trick + -y1
Related formstrick·i·ly, adverbtrick·i·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. artful, sly, shrewd. 2. skillful, adroit. 3. doubtful, unpredictable, unreliable, perilous.
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  • He felt offended, as if he had been trickily defeated in an argument.

    Gargoyles

    Ben Hecht

  • Next to this motive principle is his desire to make money dishonestly, trickily, meanly, and shabbily.

    Campfire and Battlefield

    Rossiter Johnson

  • Fought for it fairly when fairness served best, and trickily when trickiness seemed more profitable.

  • The prayer was long, intolerably and trickily eloquent and rhetorical, very self-conscious.

    A Tramp's Notebook

    Morley Roberts


British Dictionary definitions for trickily

tricky

adjective trickier or trickiest
  1. involving snags or difficultiesa tricky job
  2. needing careful and tactful handlinga tricky situation
  3. characterized by tricks; sly; wilya tricky dealer
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Derived Formstrickily, adverbtrickiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for trickily

tricky

adj.

1786, "characterized by tricks," from trick (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "deceptively difficult" is from 1868. Related: Trickily; trickiness. Earlier was tricksy (1590s).

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