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[trik-see] /ˈtrɪk si/
adjective, tricksier, tricksiest.
Also, tricksome. given to tricks; mischievous; playful; prankish.
difficult to handle or deal with.
Archaic. tricky; crafty; wily.
Archaic. fashionably trim; spruce; smart.
Origin of tricksy
1545-55; trick + -s3 + -y1; cf. -sy
Related forms
tricksily, adverb
tricksiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tricksy
Historical Examples
  • The king is only, or he appears, tricksy because you compel him to wind and counterplot.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • Still the beaver fair was enlivened by music and tricksy gambols.

    The Story of Tonty Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • I've heard tell of them all my life, I know, and of their tricksy ways.

    Fairies Afield Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • But for him Ayala would run about as though she were a tricksy Ariel.

    Ayala's Angel

    Anthony Trollope
  • Art is a tricksy quantity and like quicksilver is ever mobile.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
  • In childhood and boyhood this "palace" was inhabited by a tricksy sprite.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • The answering melody, with more of sentiment, though always in graceful swing with tricksy attendant figures, has a longer song.

  • Was it the tricksy play of the moon among the clouds, or did a shade of disappointment flit across her face?

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • tricksy outriggers, ready to upset on narrow keel, were held firmly for the sculler to step daintily into his place.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • I don't mind the ghost Pegler fancies she saw—but, good heavens, the place now seems full of tricksy spirits!

    From Out the Vasty Deep Mrs. Belloc Lowndes
British Dictionary definitions for tricksy


adjective -sier, -siest
playing tricks habitually; mischievous
crafty or difficult to deal with
(archaic) well-dressed; spruce; smart
Derived Forms
tricksiness, noun
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