\ 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 That’s the trick, but that’s also the fun part of having a pro-style scheme. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 5 Aug. 2022 The trick, said Cooky, will be making sure women's sports aren't forever confined to a marginalized space. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2022 The idea isn’t new; according to Car & Driver, GM attempted the trick as early as 2017, but later abandoned it. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 3 Aug. 2022 Like some trick with a vanishing knot in a length of soft rope. Ian Mcewan, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 The trick for winning with this book is having a decent amount of ingredients on hand. Wired, 1 Aug. 2022 As Brown puts it, general manager jobs come open so infrequently that almost anybody getting interviewed has established themselves as a scout; the trick is finding the right fit between team and candidate. The Indianapolis Star, 1 Aug. 2022 The tech giant said Monday that the hosts of Dude Perfect, the popular YouTube and social media trick shot personalities, will host an alternate stream this season. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Aug. 2022 The trick is turning wafer cookies and cake into pliable dough. Su-jit Lin, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Scammers are continually devising new sweepstakes, gift card, medication, and romance schemes to trick seniors out of money or into sharing sensitive information. Annaliese Griffin, Fortune, 29 July 2022 My default state of mind is that the promise of music on the internet long ago slipped away into the dominance of streaming services that force or trick millions of listeners onto prefab genres. Wired, 22 July 2022 Water-ski jumping and wakeboarding and trick water-ski competition will be out at Oak Mountain. al, 7 July 2022 When the attackers weren’t able to coordinate with ISPs to trick their targets, the malicious software looked like a messaging application instead. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 24 June 2022 Opponents criticize the centers for posing as clinics to trick those seeking the procedure. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 21 June 2022 Suspicious texts, emails, or phone calls are designed to trick, surprise, or scare individuals into responding. Carrie Brandon Elliott, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Bush Hager and her Today co-host Savannah Guthrie, 49, united for their annual Halloween tradition and took their children trick-or-treating together for the eighth year. Charmaine Patterson,, 17 Dec. 2021 Masaru Furukawa, the child’s next-door neighbor in Spring Green, Wis., as well as her primary-care doctor, had taken his two young children trick-or-treating there, too. New York Times, 2 Dec. 2021 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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