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adj. trick·si·er, trick·si·est
a. Playful or michievous: "the merry, tricksy, elfish fun of the terriers and collies that we all know" (John Muir).
b. Devious or deceptive.
2. Requiring care or skill; tricky.
3. Artfully decorated or done.


adj, -sier or -siest
1. playing tricks habitually; mischievous
2. crafty or difficult to deal with
3. archaic well-dressed; spruce; smart
ˈtricksiness n


(ˈtrɪk si)

adj. -si•er, -si•est.
1. given to tricks; mischievous; playful; prankish.
2. difficult to handle or deal with.
3. tricky; crafty; wily.
4. Archaic. fashionably trim; spruce; smart.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tricksy - 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"
artful - marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft; "the artful dodger"; "an artful choice of metaphors"


[ˈtrɪksɪ] ADJ
1. (= playful) → juguetón
2. (= crafty) → astuto, mañoso
References in classic literature ?
Then he remembered that it was about the time of the new moon, and if that tricksy orb was in one of its stages of visibility it had set long before.
I keenly enjoyed this subtle spirit, and the play of that brilliant intelligence which lighted up so many ways of literature with its lambent glow or its tricksy glimmer, and I had a deep sympathy with certain morbid moods and experiences so like my own, as I was pleased to fancy.
Good Luck, she is never a lady, But the cursedest quean alive, Tricksy, wincing, and jady - Kittle to lead or drive.
Opening with the expansive drawl of Utopia, Goldfrapp played a tricksy game, teasing out the set with lesser-known (but still riveting) tracks, saving the really huge crowdpleasers for the final, thrilling sprint to the finish.
Just like you, regular swimmers move one space each turn, creating tricksy barriers, but backstrokers swim slower, divers cut you off, bathers are static blockades and even fish turn up to halt your movements.
Moreover, it never felt overly tricksy or a case of style over substance.
A plastic eggshell in a cup, filled with bits of smoked haddock and rapidly collapsing foam, it was tricksy rather than tasty.
Should Jeremy Corbyn raise his game and win over converts, committed Labour MPs may yet save their seats and stop tricksy Theresa May securing the Thatcher-style parliamentary landslide she craves to be able to unleash Turbo Toryism on working families.
To these eyes the result is a good-looking car with a pleasing absence of tricksy swoops and slashes on the outside hinting at the Discovery Sport's potential for offroad adventures, thanks to its four-wheel drive and buttons to push when you're deep in sand, mud or rocks.
Expect tricksy tests and some woeful decision-making as the (mainly) fearless quintet fight to keep their sacrificed personal possessions: the important documents, trendiest clothing and coolest blue item they own.
This tricksy narrative takes place in an America where JFK is in his third term in office, having survived Oswald's assassination attempt and the country is struggling with a generation of psychologically traumatised war veterans like Allen.
But only because Mr Tricksy needed a headline-grabbing stunt to distract from the fact he's breached his own cap on welfare spending and the national debt isn't falling as promised.