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 In the new trailer for the exciting series, the trickster is apprehended by TVA agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) and recruited for an important high-risk mission: piecing the fragmented universal timeline back together. Ineye Komonibo,, "Loki‘s Plot Is Already Reminding The Internet Of Another Quirky Time-Travelling Project," 5 Apr. 2021 In the new trailer for Loki, the next Disney+ MCU series set to premiere later this year, this version of the trickster god doesn't get far on his own after his appearance in Avengers: Endgame. Christian Holub,, "Loki trailer introduces Tom Hiddleston to time travel bureaucracy," 5 Apr. 2021 As the title suggests, the Disney+ series will pick up the story of the titular trickster god following his escape with the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "‘Loki’ is already looking like the best Marvel show on Disney+," 5 Apr. 2021 It’s from a story in the Book of Genesis, when Jacob the trickster has a life-changing religious experience. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Jana Riess: Latter-day Saint Israel and the problem with President Nelson’s ‘let God prevail’," 29 Mar. 2021 African trickster god Anansi) had a very public falling-out with the show. Christian Holub,, "Neil Gaiman reflects on American Gods season 3, teases what could come in potential season 4," 22 Mar. 2021 Marvel fan-favorite Loki, the trickster god of Norse mythology, is coming to Disney+ later this year. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to stream the new Loki series on Disney+," 2 Mar. 2021 Akan stories often feature the trickster god and folk hero Anansi. Kiona N. Smith, Forbes, "Meet Onesimus, The Enslaved Man Who Saved Boston From Smallpox," 1 Mar. 2021 The crafty Odysseus, the man of wrath, was a trickster. John Kass, Star Tribune, "The woke left wants to erase classic literature for kids," 7 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of trickster

1711, in the meaning defined above

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19 Apr 2021

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“Trickster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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