- 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 trickSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for trickedmislead, victimize, cheat, swindle, con, dupe, bamboozle, deceive, hoodwink, defraud, delude, flimflam, rook, screw, gull, hoax, outwit, hocus-pocus, trap, fake
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Contemporary Examples of tricked
Michelangelo tricked his patron about the David, but sometimes he was forcibly reminded who paid the bills.Great Renaissance Art Thrived Amid Filth
December 3, 2014
He tricked Beth into killing an innocent man for him in order to keep his own position at the hospital secure.The Walking Dead’s ‘Crossed’: The Stage Is Now Set for a Bloody, Deadly Midseason Finale
November 24, 2014
Sam Lutfi may have tricked Amanda Bynes into hospitalization.Sam Lutfi Is Young Hollywood’s Most Infamous Svengali
October 17, 2014
They apologized for making the video, and said they had been tricked into doing it.Iran Court Sentences ‘Happy’ Dancers to 6 months and 91 Lashes
September 17, 2014
Many of the boys had been drugged or tricked into coming to the center, and to watch them adjust was very difficult.China Doesn't Want You to See the Internet Addiction Film 'Web Junkie'
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August 9, 2014
Historical Examples of tricked
Its visor grinned at him--the fool, the tricked, the supplanted.Viviette
William J. Locke
As before, so now they tricked the eye into a fancy that they lived.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
It is undoubtedly better to deceive him entirely, and since he will be stubborn he must be tricked.Lady Susan
He first starved, and then tricked me; and if I could I'd kill him.'The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
But you took it not—You were driven on one side, and, possibly, tricked on the other.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- 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.
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