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

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Trump defends Roger Stone, whose fate in the Mueller probe is still outstanding If Cohen is a disloyal liar, Trump has now decided to make his foil the political trickster Roger Stone. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump attacks Michael Cohen and praises Roger Stone in anti-Mueller tweets," 3 Dec. 2018 Look at this confident, unbothered youngster, and then start again with his father, a trickster and a wrestler in his own youth, who wears the same reds and greens as his last child but is now bent toward the earth. Jason Farago, New York Times, "‘Jacob and His Twelve Sons’: Zurbarán’s Biblical All-Stars," 14 Mar. 2018 Even now, the low-slung, family trickster accounts for less than 2 percent of the U.S. auto market. Kyle Stock, The Seattle Times, "Richer Americans are skipping SUVs for station wagons," 7 Jan. 2019 He, along with his brother Lachlan, is the likeliest primary source for much of Gabriel Sherman’s The Loudest Voice in the Room, a 2014 biography of Fox News founder and Nixonian dirty trickster Roger Ailes. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "If James Murdoch is the new Tesla chairman, that’s bad news for Elon Musk," 12 Oct. 2018 The latest actions show how lines and motives in American politics can blur among foreign adversaries, U.S. dirty-tricksters, pranksters or speculators hoping eventually to sell the web addresses to campaigns or their rivals. Tami Abdollah, The Seattle Times, "Mystery: Who bought websites implying US senators ‘for sale’," 24 July 2018 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,, "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

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First Known Use of trickster

1711, in the meaning defined above

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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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