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Definitions of tricky

  1. having concealed difficulty; " a catchy question"; " a tricky recipe to follow"
  2. marked by skill in deception; " cunning men often pass for wise"; " deep political machinations"; " a foxy scheme"; " a slick evasive answer"; " sly as a fox"; " tricky Dick"; " a wily old attorney"
  3. marked by skill in deception; " cunning men often pass for wise"; " deep political machinations"; " a foxy scheme"; " a slick evasive answer"; " sly as a fox"; " tricky Dik"; " a wily old attorney"
  4. Given to tricks; practicing deception; trickish; knavish.
  5. Given to deceit; knavish; shifty; artful; cunning; not to be trusted.
  6. Trickily.
  7. Trickiness.
  8. Trickier.
  9. Trickiest.
  10. Disposed to tricks; deceitful.
  11. Vicious, as an animal.
  12. Artful; cunning.
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Usage examples for tricky

  1. This involved some tricky work with the various gravitational lines, using Mars and the Sun for repulsion and certain stars for attraction. – The Secret of the Ninth Planet by Donald Allen Wollheim
  2. It was a tricky smile, however, as Donnegan felt. – Gunman's Reckoning by Max Brand
  3. He had no use for Mr. Coyote, and he did not mind letting that tricky fellow know it, either. – The Tale of Benny Badger by Arthur Scott Bailey
  4. Willows are like that, tricky when they get old. – The Thing from the Lake by Eleanor M. Ingram
  5. " We'll ask him when he comes down," suggested George Watson, who used to be a mean, tricky boy, making a lot of trouble for Bunny and Sue. – Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue Giving a Show by Laura Lee Hope
  6. But I'd never had a crazy man to deal with, and I didn't realize how tricky and quick they are. – Careers of Danger and Daring by Cleveland Moffett
  7. It's a very tricky and complicated affair indeed. – The Holiday Round by A. A. Milne
  8. If they shut him up in a room, Tricky got out by the chimney. – The Monkey That Would Not Kill by Henry Drummond
  9. It's clean sport, and nothing tricky, you know. – The Chums of Scranton High at Ice Hockey by Donald Ferguson
  10. Pork is tricky diet in such weather as we're having! – News from the Duchy by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  11. But the bait always consists of misrepresentation and tricky subterfuges. – Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured by Chas. Cluthe & Sons
  12. It is a tricky breed. – Montlivet by Alice Prescott Smith
  13. Cecilia took her through it patiently, going over and over again the tricky passages, and devoutly wishing that Providence in supplying her stepmother with boundless energy, a tireless voice and an enormous stock of songs, had also equipped her with an ear for music. – Back To Billabong by Mary Grant Bruce
  14. Every morning he appeals to us for assistance in solving tricky little problems about pints of water and herrings and rectangular fields. – If I May by A. A. Milne
  15. It was no good trying some tricky approach; his best bet was the straight- from- the- shoulder bit. – Greylorn by John Keith Laumer
  16. They mustn't try to interpret the meaning of the laws and the books, they're so tricky and pettifogish! – The Reign of Greed Complete English Version of 'El Filibusterismo' by Jose Rizal
  17. I'll be only too glad then; but these stairs are very tricky if you don't know them. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
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