tricksier; tricksiest
: full of tricks : prankish
: difficult to cope with or handle : trying
a tricksy job
archaic : having the craftiness of a trickster
chiefly British : ornately contrived in technique or effect
archaic : smartly attired : spruce
tricksiness noun

Examples of tricksy in a Sentence

it's a bit tricksy to have a candid conversation with the company president without appearing to be either presumptuous or obsequious a tricksy provocateur who will make the most outrageous statements just to get a reaction
Recent Examples on the Web Such films sometimes feel like tricksy technical experiments. The Economist, 18 June 2020

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Word History


tricks, plural of trick

First Known Use

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Time Traveler
The first known use of tricksy was in 1552

Dictionary Entries Near tricksy

Cite this Entry

“Tricksy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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