trickster

noun

trick·​ster ˈtrik-stər How to pronounce trickster (audio)
: 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 While preparing for the role, Ashton got some advice from another Marvel villain: her fiancé Tom Hiddleston, who's played trickster god Loki since 2011. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 18 July 2023 His closest analogues in children’s media are not other parents, but the fools and tricksters that children encounter when they are allowed to roam unsupervised. Amanda Hess, New York Times, 18 Dec. 2023 Santos, homosexual trickster and mean drunk, has apparently booked an interview with Ziwe, professional baiter. Vulture, 4 Dec. 2023 But the news wasn’t true: An unknown trickster had filed false paperwork that listed the name of one of BlackRock’s executives. Inside the World of Cryptocurrencies For a small group of bankruptcy lawyers and other corporate turnaround specialists, crypto’s implosion has become a financial bonanza. David Yaffe-Bellany, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 The history surrounding the pairing of Friday and the number 13 is murky at best — some historians point to a Norse myth involving the trickster god Loki, others say the 13 guests at the Last Supper and Jesus’s crucifixion on a Friday helped fuel the bad mojo. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2023 Moreno is indeed a trickster, fond of wordplay (take another look at the characters’ names) and visual gags and gently nudging his storylines off the rails into unexpected, uncharted terrain. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 21 Oct. 2023 The show’s new six episodes will bring MCU fans back to a world in which the trickster Loki Laufeyson (Tom Hiddleston) works heroically to save all of time alongside his unlikely friend Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson), a disillusioned time cop and Jet Ski enthusiast. Herb Scribner, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2023 Time is a notorious trickster, evading the best efforts of scientists to pin it down for thousands of years. WIRED, 27 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trickster was in 1711

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“Trickster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trickster. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

trickster

noun
trick·​ster ˈtrik-stər How to pronounce trickster (audio)
: one who tricks: as
a
: a dishonest person who cheats others by trickery

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