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

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 Stardust says to be wary of this, since Mercury is often known as a trickster. Elizabeth Gulino,, 30 Mar. 2022 According to legend, 12 Norse gods were having a feast when the trickster god Loki showed up as the 13th guest. Erik Kain, Forbes, 12 May 2022 Except for Monkey, who's kind of terrified of the trickster, and Lion, who just doesn't have time for him. Nick Romano,, 7 Apr. 2022 Bird Woman, the fearsome God of Birds who seeks revenge on Anansi, the trickster god of stories. Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 An all-white raven named Yéil is a trickster in many oral traditions originating on the Northwest Pacific Coast. Sarah Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Mar. 2022 Instead, a silky Jonathan Groff now prowls around menacingly, his boyishness having been nicely weaponized for his role as a sly trickster. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 But in Season 2, Horse is more like a malevolent trickster god, or a portal to the underworld. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 23 Apr. 2022 Mercury re-enters Aquarius on February 14, taking us back to the beginning of 2022 when the trickster planet first entered the air sign. Lisa Stardust,, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of trickster

1711, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jun 2022

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“Trickster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of trickster

: a person who uses tricks

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