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tricky

[ trik-ee ]
/ ˈtrɪk i /
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adjective, trick·i·er, trick·i·est.
given to or characterized by deceitful tricks; crafty; wily.
skilled in clever tricks or dodges.
deceptive, uncertain, or difficult to deal with or handle.
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Origin of tricky

First recorded in 1780–90; trick + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM tricky

trick·i·ly, adverbtrick·i·ness, noun
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How to use tricky in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tricky

tricky
/ (ˈtrɪkɪ) /

adjective trickier or trickiest
involving snags or difficultiesa tricky job
needing careful and tactful handlinga tricky situation
characterized by tricks; sly; wilya tricky dealer

Derived forms of tricky

trickily, adverbtrickiness, noun
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