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tricky

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

First recorded in 1780–90; trick + -y1
Related formstrick·i·ly, adverbtrick·i·ness, noun

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tricky

adjective trickier or trickiest
  1. involving snags or difficultiesa tricky job
  2. needing careful and tactful handlinga tricky situation
  3. characterized by tricks; sly; wilya tricky dealer
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Derived Formstrickily, adverbtrickiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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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