tricky

[ trik-ee ]
/ ˈtrɪk i /

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.

Nearby words

  1. tricks of the trade,
  2. tricksome,
  3. trickster,
  4. tricksy,
  5. tricktrack,
  6. triclad,
  7. triclinic,
  8. triclinium,
  9. tricolette,
  10. tricolor

Origin of tricky

First recorded in 1780–90; trick + -y1

Related formstrick·i·ly, adverbtrick·i·ness, noun

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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 Formstrickily, adverbtrickiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for tricky

tricky

adj.

1786, "characterized by tricks," from trick (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "deceptively difficult" is from 1868. Related: Trickily; trickiness. Earlier was tricksy (1590s).

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