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[trik-ster] /ˈtrɪk stər/
a deceiver; cheat; fraud.
a person who plays tricks.
a supernatural figure appearing in various guises and typically engaging in mischievous activities, important in the folklore and mythology of many primitive peoples and usually conceived as a culture hero.
Origin of trickster
1705-15; trick + -ster
Related forms
trickstering, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for trickster
  • The scientific community and media is not immune from their antics and it is rightly on guard against the trickster.
  • The poor kids in that room suffered with the stench for days, while the trickster and his friends snickered amongst them selves.
  • It's a superpower in a confidence trickster's business.
  • He was ashamed to say so, but he was in fact a bit of a confidence trickster.
  • You've made a point of using a trickster motif in lots of your work.
  • Yo becomes the artist as wandering trickster, fomenting trouble or falling into it wherever she turns up.
  • Typical trickster attempts to slide something unrelated through on the back of other legislation.
  • But in his personal life, as often happens when people get older, some of the old trickster's masks began to harden on the face.
  • McLuhan was a fabulous trickster, and in these tapes his talent for putting on an audience is fully visible.
  • If he's in the mood, he can ratchet things up to trickster-as-philosopher.
British Dictionary definitions for trickster


a person who deceives or plays tricks
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Word Origin and History for trickster

1711, from trick (n.) + -ster.

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