a deceiver; cheat; fraud.
a person who plays tricks.
a supernatural figure appearing in various guises and typically engaging in mischievous activities, important in the folklore and mythology of many primitive peoples and usually conceived as a culture hero.

Origin of trickster

First recorded in 1705–15; trick + -ster
Related formstrick·ster·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trickster

Contemporary Examples of trickster

Historical Examples of trickster

  • It was a wily trap he had set me, worthy only of a trickster.

  • Could any trickster perform in the dark with such precision and gentleness?

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland

  • I took him for a trickster, who wanted to get me ashore and jail me.

    The Art of Disappearing

    John Talbot Smith

  • They even would have Trickster Tim to apologise and shake me by the hand.

    Athelstane Ford

    Allen Upward

  • With that I walked out of the cabin, Trickster Tim following at my heels.

    Athelstane Ford

    Allen Upward

British Dictionary definitions for trickster



a person who deceives or plays tricks
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Word Origin and History for trickster

1711, from trick (n.) + -ster.

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