trickster

noun
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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Next came a brief discussion of Loki, which centers on Tom Hiddleston's trickster god and will debut on Disney+ in spring 2021. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Marvel Unveils 3 New Disney+ Shows Including 'She-Hulk' and 'Moon Knight'," 23 Aug. 2019 Fonseca was known for his depictions of Coyote, a canine trickster who materializes in all manner of very human settings. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: How Duke Ellington inspired an art show about black and Latino experience," 15 Aug. 2019 Besides featuring fantastic archival concert and behind-the-scenes footage, the film is shot through with a playful sense of trickster/huckster fabulism. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Indie Focus: The mournful zombie comedy of ‘The Dead Don’t Die’," 14 June 2019 Fonseca was known for his depictions of Coyote, a canine trickster who materializes in all manner of very human settings. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: How Duke Ellington inspired an art show about black and Latino experience," 15 Aug. 2019 United States officials are already grappling with Russian attempts to interfere in the 2020 presidential race, and are powerless to stop American tricksters from joining the fray, because they are protected by the First Amendment. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "Ad Tool Facebook Built to Fight Disinformation Doesn’t Work as Advertised," 25 July 2019 Fonseca was known for his depictions of Coyote, a canine trickster who materializes in all manner of very human settings. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: A group show marks five years of exhibitions at Park View / Paul Soto," 1 Aug. 2019 Anansi and Conejo, the tricksters who morphed into popular folktale figures throughout the hemisphere, such as Aunt Nancy and Bruh Rabbit, and later the widely-beloved cartoon character, Bugs Bunny. Charles David Kleymeyer, Smithsonian, "Meet Juan García Salazar, the Man Who Championed Black Identity in Ecuador," 14 June 2019 Fonseca was known for his depictions of Coyote, a canine trickster who materializes in all manner of very human settings. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: Jasmine Little etches the history of art into contemporary ceramics," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of trickster

1711, in the meaning defined above

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trickster

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trickster

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

trickster

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

Kids Definition of trickster

: a person who uses tricks

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