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. not to be trusted; " how extraordinarily slippery a liar the camera is"- James Agee
  4. 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"
  5. Given to tricks; practicing deception; trickish; knavish.
  6. Given to deceit; knavish; shifty; artful; cunning; not to be trusted.
  7. Trickily.
  8. Trickiness.
  9. Trickier.
  10. Trickiest.
  11. Disposed to tricks; deceitful.
  12. Vicious, as an animal.
  13. Artful; cunning.

Usage examples for tricky

  1. " 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. It's clean sport, and nothing tricky, you know. – The Chums of Scranton High at Ice Hockey by Donald Ferguson
  6. Pork is tricky diet in such weather as we're having! – News from the Duchy by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  7. It was a tricky smile, however, as Donnegan felt. – Gunman's Reckoning by Max Brand
  8. He's a tricky beast; but I reckon you'll handle him without any too much trouble. – Dick in the Desert by James Otis
  9. 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
  10. It is a tricky breed. – Montlivet by Alice Prescott Smith
  11. It was no good trying some tricky approach; his best bet was the straight- from- the- shoulder bit. – Greylorn by John Keith Laumer
  12. 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
  13. The latch is tricky. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  14. I wouldn't ride in as fast and tricky a ship as this Mosquito with you at the controls." – A Yankee Flier in Italy by Rutherford G. Montgomery
  15. If they shut him up in a room, Tricky got out by the chimney. – The Monkey That Would Not Kill by Henry Drummond
  16. It's a very tricky and complicated affair indeed. – The Holiday Round by A. A. Milne
  17. Willows are like that, tricky when they get old. – The Thing from the Lake by Eleanor M. Ingram
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. But the bait always consists of misrepresentation and tricky subterfuges. – Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured by Chas. Cluthe & Sons