a crafty or underhanded device, maneuver, stratagem, or the like, intended to deceive or cheat; artifice; ruse; wile.
an optical illusion:
It must have been some visual trick caused by the flickering candlelight.
a roguish or mischievous act; practical joke; prank:
She likes to play tricks on her friends.
a mean, foolish, or childish action.
a clever or ingenious device or expedient; adroit technique:
the tricks of the trade.
the art or knack of doing something skillfully:
You seem to have mastered the trick of making others laugh.
a clever or dexterous feat intended to entertain, amuse, etc.:
He taught his dog some amazing tricks.
a feat of magic or legerdemain:
a behavioral peculiarity; trait; habit; mannerism.
a period of duty or turn; stint; tour of duty:
I relieved the pilot after he had completed his trick at the wheel.
the group or set of cards played and won in one round.
a point or scoring unit.
a card that is a potential winner.
a child or young girl:
a pretty little trick.
a prostitute's customer.
a sexual act between a prostitute and a customer.
1375–1425; late Middle English trik
(noun) < Old North French trique
deceit, derivative of trikier
to deceive < Vulgar Latin *triccāre,
for Latin trīcārī
to play tricks
tricker, nountrickingly, adverbouttrick, verb (used with object)untricked, adjective
deception. T rick
are terms for crafty or cunning devices that are intended to deceive. T rick
, the general term, refers usually to an underhanded act designed to cheat someone, but it sometimes refers merely to a pleasurable deceiving of the senses: to win by a trick.
, but to a greater degree, artifice
emphasizes the cleverness, ingenuity, or cunning with which the proceeding is devised: an artifice of diabolical ingenuity.
emphasize the purpose for which the trick is designed; ruse
is the more general term of the two, and stratagem
sometimes implies a more elaborate procedure or a military application: He gained entrance by a ruse. His stratagem gave them command of the hill.
emphasizes the disarming effect of the trick upon those who are deceived: His wiles charmed them into trusting him. 18.