Definition of tricky
trickilyplay \ˈtri-kə-lē\ adverb
trickinessplay \ˈtri-kē-nəs\ noun
Examples of tricky in a Sentence
The lock is tricky to open.
a tricky musical passage for the woodwind section
Recent Examples of tricky from the Web
But counterfactuals are at best a tricky and risky business.
Getting to Petco Park, though, will be trickier than usual.
The timing of case is tricky: the process of briefing, arguing and deciding a case at the Supreme Court takes months.
A costume party without a holiday fulcrum is tricky.
Balancing demands for healthier food with consumer tastes can be tricky.
And when things got tricky on the 2.5-mile oval, most of the youngsters found an escape.
Finding a cheap hotel room can be tricky and takes a bit of effort.
This offering of gratitude can be maddeningly tricky.
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First Known Use of tricky
Synonym Discussion of tricky
TRICKY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tricky for English Language Learners
: using or likely to use dishonest tricks
: requiring skill or caution : difficult to do or deal with
TRICKY Defined for Kids
Definition of tricky for Students
1 : requiring special care and skill Opening the lock is tricky.
2 : likely to use tricks
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