trickster

noun
trick·ster | \ˈtrik-stər \

Definition of trickster 

: one who tricks: such as

a : a dishonest person who defrauds others by trickery

b : a person (such as a stage magician) skilled in the use of tricks and illusion

c : a cunning or deceptive character appearing in various forms in the folklore of many cultures

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Examples of trickster in a Sentence

a heartless trickster swindled the elderly woman out of her life savings a very adept trickster who used mirrors to make huge items—even buildings—seem to disappear

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The Republican dirty trickster officially left the Trump campaign in 2015, but remained in regular contact with Trump throughout the campaign. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Mueller’s New Indictment Points to Collusion With Russia," 13 July 2018 His lesser known side gigs, however, included serving as the god of tricksters and thieves. Michael Mcknight, SI.com, "Percy Harvin Takes His Battle With Anxiety Public as He Gets Closer to Internal Peace," 28 June 2018 North Americans viewed the raven as a talisman, trickster and deity. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018 All of the performers are up for the adventure, though most of them don’t get enough to do, particularly the deadpan trickster Awkwafina, who’s marvelous in her few brief scenes. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Ocean's 8 Boasts a Great Cast But Lacks Champagne-Bubble Lightness," 9 June 2018 One night during the convention, Farage was introduced to Trump's longtime adviser, the infamous political trickster, Roger Stone, at an Italian restaurant in The Flats district of Cleveland, according to both men. chicagotribune.com, "How the 'Bad Boys of Brexit' forged ties with Russia and the Trump campaign and came under scrutiny," 29 June 2018 However, Liverpool are willing to loan the prospect out again and hope to gain the pacy trickster in Simon in return if Gent is his preferred destination. SI.com, "Report: Liverpool Turn Attention to Nigeria Star Moses Simon Following Nabil Fekir Collapse," 10 June 2018 The internet, in other words, is a complicated thing, part trickster, part shaman, and a very large part siren. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "MCA's new 'I Was Raised on the Internet' exhibition asks what the web has done to us," 2 July 2018 Why would anyone expect anything less from the tricky trickster? Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Justin Bieber Pump-Faked an Engagement," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of trickster

1711, in the meaning defined above

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trickster

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trickster

: someone who tricks or deceives people especially in order to get something

trickster

noun
trick·ster | \ˈtrik-stər \

Kids Definition of trickster

: a person who uses tricks

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