trick·​ster | \ ˈtrik-stər How to pronounce trickster (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web That is the version the Disney+ show will follow as the series charts the trickster god's journeys throughout key moments in human history. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Marvel's 'Loki' Adds Gugu Mbatha-Raw," 11 Feb. 2020 If Magne is channeling Thor, his brother Laurits is clearly meant to mirror the trickster Loki. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Ragnarok updates Norse mythology for the modern age," 8 Feb. 2020 Mose, Ellison’s persona for the ordinary Negro as bluesman, trickster and philosopher, regularly appears in these exchanges. Saidiya Hartman, New York Times, "Ralph Ellison’s Letters Reveal a Complex Philosopher of Black Expression," 19 Dec. 2019 Cunningham and his contemporaries came off as tricksters but prized clarity. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Merce Cunningham’s Dance Out of Time," 18 Dec. 2019 If so, the Pearland Police Department has the perfect holiday photo-op for your little trickster. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Take your naughty kids to jail for a mugshot with Santa this December," 5 Dec. 2019 Redemption followed that nightmare, with the trickster's blast from the spot sealing a penalty-shootout win in the final of the Rio Olympics., "Neymar & the 6 Other Players to Win 100 or More Caps for Brazil," 10 Oct. 2019 But despite that bittersweet ending, The Killing Joke helped cement the villain’s reputation for nihilism, forging a modern template for a man once portrayed as a vicious trickster. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Comic That Explains Where Joker Went Wrong," 7 Oct. 2019 The guides weave into their tour the mo’olelo, or stories of the trickster god Maui, as metaphors for their struggle. Crystal Paul,, "Much more than a tropical paradise: This new travel guide will ‘decolonize’ the way you look at Hawaii," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of trickster

1711, in the meaning defined above

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18 Feb 2020

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“Trickster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of trickster

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


trick·​ster | \ ˈtrik-stər How to pronounce trickster (audio) \

Kids Definition of trickster

: a person who uses tricks

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