- Chiefly Scot. a magic spell; trick by sorcery.
- Chiefly British. artful shamming meant to deceive.
Origin of cantrip
1710–20; apparently dissimilated variant of Old English calcatrippe; see caltrop
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Examples from the Web for cantrip
What if the extremities were blue after all, and Cantrip right?The Burglars' Club
Henry A. Hering
Lady Cantrip wanted to ask me something about it, and so I went down.The Duke's Children
I remember how Cantrip almost cried when he told me you were going to leave him.Phineas Redux
He could not, however, make Lord Cantrip understand the whole truth.Phineas Finn
Gresham and Cantrip with their own friends can hardly make a Ministry as things are now unless Mr. Monk will join them.The Prime Minister
- a magic spell
- (often plural) a mischievous trick
- (of an effect) produced by black magic
C18: Scottish, of unknown origin