noun \ˈtrik\

: an action that is meant to deceive someone

: something done to surprise or confuse someone and to make other people laugh

: a clever and skillful action that someone performs to entertain or amuse people

Full Definition of TRICK

a :  a crafty procedure or practice meant to deceive or defraud
b :  a mischievous act :  prank
c :  an indiscreet or childish action
d :  a deceptive, dexterous, or ingenious feat; especially :  one designed to puzzle or amuse <a juggler's tricks>
a :  a habitual peculiarity of behavior or manner <a horse with the trick of shying>
b :  a characteristic and identifying feature <a trick of speech>
c :  a delusive appearance especially when caused by art or legerdemain :  an optical illusion <a mere trick of the light>
a (1) :  a quick or artful way of getting a result :  knack <the trick is to make it look natural> (2) :  an instance of getting a desired result <one small adjustment will do the trick>
b :  a technical device (as of an art or craft) <the tricks of stage technique>
:  the cards played in one round of a card game often used as a scoring unit
a :  a turn of duty at the helm usually lasting for two hours
b :  shift 4b(1)
c :  a trip taken as part of one's employment
d :  a sexual act performed by a prostitute <turning tricks>; also :  john 2
:  an attractive child or woman <a cute little trick>

Examples of TRICK

  1. It was a trick to persuade her to give him money.
  2. She enjoys playing tricks on her friends.
  3. For his last trick, the magician made a rabbit disappear.

Origin of TRICK

Middle English trikke, from Anglo-French *trik, from trikier to deceive, cheat, from Vulgar Latin *triccare, alteration of Latin tricari to behave evasively, shuffle, from tricae complications, trifles
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of TRICK

trick, ruse, stratagem, maneuver, artifice, wile, feint mean an indirect means to gain an end. trick may imply deception, roguishness, illusion, and either an evil or harmless end <the tricks of the trade>. ruse stresses an attempt to mislead by a false impression <the ruses of smugglers>. stratagem implies a ruse used to entrap, outwit, circumvent, or surprise an opponent or enemy <the stratagem-filled game>. maneuver suggests adroit and skillful avoidance of difficulty <last-minute maneuvers to avert bankruptcy>. artifice implies ingenious contrivance or invention <the clever artifices of the stage>. wile suggests an attempt to entrap or deceive with false allurements <used all of his wiles to ingratiate himself>. feint implies a diversion or distraction of attention away from one's real intent <a feint toward the enemy's left flank>.


transitive verb

: to deceive (someone)

Full Definition of TRICK

:  to dress or adorn fancifully or ornately :  ornament <tricked out in a gaudy uniform>
:  to deceive by cunning or artifice :  cheat

Examples of TRICK

  1. He tricked her by wearing a disguise.
  2. <you tricked me into thinking my ex wasn't coming to the party tonight>

First Known Use of TRICK

circa 1500



: using methods that are meant to deceive someone

: done in a clever or entertaining way

: weak and tending to fail suddenly

Full Definition of TRICK

:  trig
a :  of or relating to or involving tricks or trickery <trick photography> <trick dice>
b :  skilled in or used for tricks <a trick horse>
a :  somewhat defective and unreliable <a trick lock>
b :  inclined to give way unexpectedly <a trick knee>

Examples of TRICK

  1. a trick shot in pool
  2. He has a trick knee.

First Known Use of TRICK

circa 1530


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