- a crafty or underhanded device, maneuver, stratagem, or the like, intended to deceive or cheat; artifice; ruse; wile.
- an optical illusion: It must have been some visual trick caused by the flickering candlelight.
- a roguish or mischievous act; practical joke; prank: She likes to play tricks on her friends.
- a mean, foolish, or childish action.
- a clever or ingenious device or expedient; adroit technique: the tricks of the trade.
- the art or knack of doing something skillfully: You seem to have mastered the trick of making others laugh.
- a clever or dexterous feat intended to entertain, amuse, etc.: He taught his dog some amazing tricks.
- a feat of magic or legerdemain: card tricks.
- a behavioral peculiarity; trait; habit; mannerism.
- a period of duty or turn; stint; tour of duty: I relieved the pilot after he had completed his trick at the wheel.
- the group or set of cards played and won in one round.
- a point or scoring unit.
- a card that is a potential winner.Compare honor trick.
- Informal. a child or young girl: a pretty little trick.
- a prostitute's customer.
- a sexual act between a prostitute and a customer.
- a preliminary sketch of a coat of arms.
- engraver's trick.
- of, pertaining to, characterized by, or involving tricks: trick shooting.
- designed or used for tricks: a trick chair.
- (of a joint) inclined to stiffen or weaken suddenly and unexpectedly: a trick shoulder.
- to practice trickery or deception; cheat.
- to play tricks; trifle (usually followed by with).
- Slang. to engage in sexual acts for hire.
- trick out, Informal. to embellish or adorn with or as if with ornaments or other attention-getting devices.
- do/turn the trick, to achieve the desired effect or result: Another turn of the pliers should do the trick.
- turn a trick, Slang. (of a prostitute) to engage in a sexual act with a customer.
Origin of trick
Synonyms for trick
- (tr, adverb) to dress up; deck outtricked out in frilly dresses
- a deceitful, cunning, or underhand action or plan
- a mischievous, malicious, or humorous action or plan; jokethe boys are up to their tricks again
- (as modifier)a trick spider
- an illusory or magical feat or device
- a simple feat learned by an animal or person
- an adroit or ingenious device; knacka trick of the trade
- a behavioural trait, habit, or mannerism
- a turn or round of duty or work
- a batch of cards containing one from each player, usually played in turn and won by the player or side that plays the card with the highest value
- a card that can potentially win a trick
- can't take a trick Australian slang to be consistently unsuccessful or unlucky
- do the trick informal to produce the right or desired result
- how's tricks? slang how are you?
- turn a trick slang (of a prostitute) to gain a customer
- to defraud, deceive, or cheat (someone), esp by means of a trick
Word Origin for trick
early 15c., "a cheat, a mean ruse," from Old North French trique "trick, deceit, treachery, cheating," from trikier "to deceive, to cheat," variant of Old French trichier, probably from Vulgar Latin *triccare, from Latin tricari "be evasive, shuffle," from tricæ "trifles, nonsense, a tangle of difficulties," of unknown origin.
Meaning "a roguish prank" is recorded from 1580s; sense of "the art of doing something" is first attested 1610s. Meaning "prostitute's client" is first attested 1915; earlier it was U.S. slang for "a robbery" (1865). Trick-or-treat is recorded from 1942.
1590s, from trick (v.). Related: Tricked; tricking. An earlier sense of "to dress, adorn" (c.1500) is perhaps a different word entirely.
Ornament or adorn, especially ostentatiously or garishly, as in She was all tricked out in beads and fringe and what-have-you. This term uses trick in the sense of “dress up” or “decorate,” a usage dating from about 1500. [Early 1700s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with trick
- trick or treat
- trick out
- tricks of the trade
- bag of tricks
- confidence game (trick)
- dirty tricks
- do the trick
- hat trick
- how's tricks
- not miss a trick
- teach an old dog new tricks
- that does it (the trick)
- turn a trick
- up to one's old tricks