- a deceiver; cheat; fraud.
- a person who plays tricks.
- a supernatural figure appearing in various guises and typically engaging in mischievous activities, important in the folklore and mythology of many primitive peoples and usually conceived as a culture hero.
Origin of trickster
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Examples from the Web for trickster
But as with everything Sugimotesque, I think his trickster self is at work.Sugimoto, Hermes and the Old Scarf Illusion
January 29, 2013
Elvira has recently been deceived by Giovanni—and decides to seek vengeance by publicly outing him as the trickster whom he is.Don Giovanni in Los Angeles: Mozart Meets the Future
May 20, 2012
Maurizio Cattelan: All will present the complete works of this Italian trickster at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.Eight Must-See Fall Art Shows
August 28, 2011
It was a wily trap he had set me, worthy only of a trickster.Bardelys the Magnificent
Could any trickster perform in the dark with such precision and gentleness?The Shadow World
I took him for a trickster, who wanted to get me ashore and jail me.The Art of Disappearing
John Talbot Smith
They even would have Trickster Tim to apologise and shake me by the hand.
With that I walked out of the cabin, Trickster Tim following at my heels.
- a person who deceives or plays tricks
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Word Origin and History for trickster
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