\ ˈtrik How to pronounce trick (audio) \

Definition of trick

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a crafty procedure or practice meant to deceive or defraud
b : a mischievous act : prank
c : a deceptive, dexterous, or ingenious feat especially : one designed to puzzle or amuse a juggler's tricks
d : an indiscreet or childish action
2a(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
3a : a delusive appearance especially when caused by art or legerdemain : an optical illusion a mere trick of the light
b : a habitual peculiarity of behavior or manner a horse with the trick of shying
c : a characteristic and identifying feature a trick of speech
4 : the cards played in one round of a card game often used as a scoring unit
5a : a sexual act performed by a prostitute turning tricks also : john sense 2
c : a trip taken as part of one's employment
d : a turn of duty at the helm usually lasting for two hours
6 : an attractive child or woman a cute little trick


tricked; tricking; tricks

Definition of trick (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to deceive by cunning or artifice : cheat — see also trick out



Definition of trick (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : of or relating to or involving tricks or trickery trick photography trick dice
b : skilled in or used for tricks a trick horse
2a : somewhat defective and unreliable a trick lock
b : inclined to give way unexpectedly a trick knee
3 : trig

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of trick in a Sentence

Noun It was a trick to persuade her to give him money. She enjoys playing tricks on her friends. For his last trick, the magician made a rabbit disappear. Verb He tricked her by wearing a disguise. you tricked me into thinking my ex wasn't coming to the party tonight Adjective a trick shot in pool He has a trick knee. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The great inflation of 1946-48 began and ended under a single president, Harry Truman, because, in essence, the demobilization of workers and factories from the war effort was a trick the government could pull on the economy only once. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 14 June 2022 Yet, layering the tank under a dress with ready-to-snap flossy straps is an unorthodox trick and in Jenner’s case, a stellar addition to the otherwise barely-there ensemble. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 10 June 2022 Eating fire is a favorite trick of audiences, but the fire isn’t actually swallowed. Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 8 June 2022 To maintain healthy nail beds for those crystal details, there's also a simple trick to keep in mind. Jennet Jusu, Allure, 27 May 2022 But there is a trick that can assuage at least some of the return-to-work pain. Mark Murphy, Forbes, 26 May 2022 One thing the Vivo X Fold doesn’t do is support styluses, which is a trick Samsung added to its flagship foldable last year. Chris Smith, BGR, 11 Apr. 2022 When Horrell started, backflips were the hardest trick. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 The sunshine and temperatures above 50 degrees this week were a trick. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Maybe Leland, the show’s villain, could pose online as a child, in a plot to bond with Kristen’s most alienated daughter—only to have the four sisters trick him instead. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 But crooks want another way to trick you into handing over your Medicare number to use that information for false billing and other related scams. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2022 Torkelson, the first baseman, said Báez tried to trick Torres. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 5 June 2022 An investigation was launched and ultimately determined the case was a homicide that was allegedly staged by Scarborough in an attempt to trick the law enforcement officers, Jones County deputies said. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 1 May 2022 This is a go-to trick that scammers might play with a new investor. Naveen Joshi, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Scammers pushing iOS malware are stepping up their game by abusing two legitimate Apple features to bypass App Store vetting requirements and trick people into installing malicious apps. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 16 Mar. 2022 Terpak and other experts say highly emotional moments and concepts that align with viewers’ biases can trick people into believing a post without verification. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 11 Mar. 2022 Fraudsters have always sought to capitalize on global events, like the Olympics or presidential elections, to trick people into opening malicious emails, then turning over their personal information. Jeff Stone, Fortune, 31 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective If the high cost of it all is more trick than treat for you, here are several ways to turn your already smart home into a spook-tacularly genius haunted house. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2021 And arguably, given the variety of cask types used by the distillery, Angel’s Envy is actually a multi-trick pony. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 11 June 2021 The ‘00s are cool again, right? (Trick question: They, like Britney, have always been cool.) Kara Nesvig, Allure, 23 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of trick


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1631, in the meaning defined above


circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for 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

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\ ˈtrik How to pronounce trick (audio) \

Kids Definition of trick

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : an action intended to deceive or cheat
2 : a mischievous act : prank
3 : an action designed to puzzle or amuse a card trick Mouse was trying to teach me a new yo-yo trick— Judy Blume, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
4 : a quick or clever way of doing something I know a trick for remembering names.
5 : the cards played in one round of a game


tricked; tricking

Kids Definition of trick (Entry 2 of 3)

: to deceive with tricks



Kids Definition of trick (Entry 3 of 3)

: relating to or involving actions intended to deceive or puzzle We scored a touchdown on a trick play.

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