Definitions for tricktrɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a crafty or underhanded device, maneuver, or stratagem intended to deceive or cheat; artifice; ruse.

  2. a roguish or mischievous act; practical joke; prank.

  3. a clever or ingenious device or expedient; adroit technique:

    the tricks of the trade.

  4. the art or knack of doing something skillfully:

    the trick of making others laugh.

  5. a clever or dexterous feat intended to entertain, amuse, etc.:

    This bird can do some amazing tricks.

  6. a feat of magic or legerdemain:

    card tricks.

  7. an optical illusion:

    a trick played by the flickering lights.

  8. a mean, foolish, or childish action.

  9. a behavioral peculiarity; habit; mannerism.

  10. a period or tour of duty; stint.

  11. the group or set of cards played and won in one round. a point or scoring unit based on this. a card that is a potential winner.

    Category: Games

  12. a child or young girl:

    a pretty little trick.

    Category: Informal

  13. Slang. a prostitute's customer. a sexual act between a prostitute and a customer.

    Category: Status (usage)

  14. (adj.)of, pertaining to, characterized by, or involving tricks:

    trick shooting.

  15. specially made or used for tricks:

    a trick chair.

  16. (of a joint) inclined to stiffen or weaken suddenly and unexpectedly:

    a trick shoulder.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Pathology

  17. (v.t.)to deceive by trickery.

  18. to cheat or swindle (usu. fol. by out of):

    to trick someone out of an inheritance.

  19. to beguile by trickery (usu. fol. by into).

  20. (v.i.)to practice trickery or deception; cheat.

  21. to play tricks; trifle (usu. fol. by with).

  22. trick out, to adorn with fancy ornaments.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Informal

Idioms for trick:

  1. do or turn the trick, to produce the desired effect.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: trick , artifice , ruse , stratagem are terms for crafty or cunning devices intended to deceive. trick , the general term, refers usu. to an underhanded act designed to cheat someone, but it sometimes refers merely to a pleasurable deceiving of the senses: to win by a trick. Like trick , but to a greater degree, artifice emphasizes the cleverness or cunning with which the proceeding is devised: an artifice of diabolical ingenuity.ruse and stratagem emphasize the purpose for which the trick is designed; ruse is the more general term, and stratagem sometimes implies a more elaborate procedure or a military application: We gained entrance by a ruse. His stratagem gave the army command of the hill. See also cheat.

Origin of trick:

1375–1425; late ME trik (n.) < ONF trique deceit, der. of trikier to deceive < VL *triccāre, for L trīcārī to play tricks


Princeton's WordNet

  1. trick, fast one(noun)

    a cunning or deceitful action or device

    "he played a trick on me"; "he pulled a fast one and got away with it"

  2. trick(noun)

    a period of work or duty

  3. trick(noun)

    an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent

    "that offer was a dirty trick"

  4. antic, joke, prank, trick, caper, put-on(noun)

    a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement

  5. magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic, legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion, deception(noun)

    an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

  6. whoremaster, whoremonger, john, trick(noun)

    a prostitute's customer

  7. trick(verb)

    (card games) in a single round, the sequence of cards played by all the players; the high card is the winner

  8. flim-flam, play a joke on, play tricks, trick, fob, fox, pull a fast one on, play a trick on(verb)

    deceive somebody

    "We tricked the teacher into thinking that class would be cancelled next week"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. trick(noun)ɪk

    sth you do to sb to deceive them or as a joke

    to play a trick on sb; a cynical trick to steal from an old woman

  2. trickɪk

    a special way of doing sth so that it is successful

    There's a trick to growing strawberries in pots.

  3. trickɪk

    an action in which you perform magic

    a magic trick

  4. trick(verb)ɪk

    to do sth to deceive sb

    He tricked me into paying for something that was free.


  1. trick(Noun)

    Something designed to fool or swindle.

    It was just a trick to say that the house was underpriced.

  2. trick(Noun)

    A single piece (or business) of a magician's (or any variety entertainer's) act.

    And for my next trick, I will pull a wombat out of a duffel bag.

  3. trick(Noun)

    An effective, clever or quick way of doing something.

    Tricks of the trade. What's the trick of getting this chair to fold up?

  4. trick(Noun)

    A sequence in which each player plays a card and a winning play is determined.

    I was able to take the second trick with the heart queen.

  5. trick(Noun)

    An act of prostitution. Generally used with turn.

    At the worst point, she was turning ten tricks a day.

  6. trick(Noun)

    A customer to a prostitute.

    As the businessman rounded the corner, she thought, "Here comes another trick."

  7. trick(Noun)

    An entertaining or difficult physical action.

    That's a nice skateboard, but can you do any tricks on it?

  8. trick(Noun)

    A daily period of work, especially in shift-based jobs.

  9. trick(Verb)

    To fool; to cause to believe something untrue.

    You tried to trick me when you said that house was underpriced.

  10. trick(Adjective)

    Stylish or cool.

    Wow, your new sportscar is so trick.

  11. Origin: Either from trique (related to trichier; French: tricher), of origin, from trechen; Or from trek, from trekken, from trekken, treken, from *, *, from trakjanan, from dreg-. Cognate with trekken, trecken, trechen, trække, and trekka. Compare track, treachery, trig, and trigger.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trick(adj)

    an artifice or stratagem; a cunning contrivance; a sly procedure, usually with a dishonest intent; as, a trick in trade

  2. Trick(adj)

    a sly, dexterous, or ingenious procedure fitted to puzzle or amuse; as, a bear's tricks; a juggler's tricks

  3. Trick(adj)

    mischievous or annoying behavior; a prank; as, the tricks of boys

  4. Trick(adj)

    a particular habit or manner; a peculiarity; a trait; as, a trick of drumming with the fingers; a trick of frowning

  5. Trick(adj)

    a knot, braid, or plait of hair

  6. Trick(adj)

    the whole number of cards played in one round, and consisting of as many cards as there are players

  7. Trick(adj)

    a turn; specifically, the spell of a sailor at the helm, -- usually two hours

  8. Trick(adj)

    a toy; a trifle; a plaything

  9. Trick(verb)

    to deceive by cunning or artifice; to impose on; to defraud; to cheat; as, to trick another in the sale of a horse

  10. Trick(verb)

    to dress; to decorate; to set off; to adorn fantastically; -- often followed by up, off, or out

  11. Trick(verb)

    to draw in outline, as with a pen; to delineate or distinguish without color, as arms, etc., in heraldry


  1. Trick

    Trick is a 1999 American gay-themed romantic comedy film written by Jason Schafer and directed by Jim Fall. Trick appeared at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals in 1999.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'trick' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4479

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'trick' in Nouns Frequency: #1683

Translations for trick

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something which is done, said etc in order to cheat or deceive someone, and sometimes to frighten them or make them appear stupid

The message was just a trick to get her to leave the room.

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