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tricky

[trik-ee] /ˈtrɪk i/
adjective, trickier, trickiest.
1.
given to or characterized by deceitful tricks; crafty; wily.
2.
skilled in clever tricks or dodges.
3.
deceptive, uncertain, or difficult to deal with or handle.
Origin of tricky
1780-1790
1780-90; trick + -y1
Related forms
trickily, adverb
trickiness, noun
Synonyms
1. artful, sly, shrewd. 2. skillful, adroit. 3. doubtful, unpredictable, unreliable, perilous.
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  • And Trigger was a trickier monkey than most that way, when she felt like it.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • The Rebs weren't as good as we were, but they were trickier, and they could fight.

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  • Esau could never see that there was any important difference between himself and Jacobexcept that his brother was trickier.

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    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • She was fleeter than Gerda, she struck harder than Kay, she was trickier than all of them, the beloved girl.

    Dangerous Ages Rose Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for trickier

tricky

/ˈtrɪkɪ/
adjective trickier, trickiest
1.
involving snags or difficulties: a tricky job
2.
needing careful and tactful handling: a tricky situation
3.
characterized by tricks; sly; wily: a tricky dealer
Derived Forms
trickily, adverb
trickiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for trickier

tricky

adj.

1786, "characterized by tricks," from trick (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "deceptively difficult" is from 1868. Related: Trickily; trickiness. Earlier was tricksy (1590s).

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