Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Smartly attired; dapper.
  • adj. Sportive; mischievous.
  • adj. Crafty; cunning; devious.
  • adj. Likely to cause trouble and therefore requiring special care or skilled, delicate treatment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Inclined to trickery; sneaky, devious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exhibiting artfulness; trickish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Trickish; cunning; adroit; artful; crafty.
  • Deceptive; fallacious; illusive: illusory.
  • Playful; sportive; mischievous.
  • Trim; dainty; neat; spruce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by skill in deception

Etymologies

tricks +‎ -y? (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Since I can't get you on any 'tricksy' questions about a certain wolf or female psy - how about a question about lifespan?

    Q & A

  • Throughout the review Enright makes Vladimir Nabokov's works out to be meaningless, merely esthetic, and "tricksy," yet, at the same time, immoral.

    Nabokov

  • The Tory leader said the Chancellor had used "tricksy" methods to cut pensioners 'income in this week's Budget, without making it clear in his statement to MPs.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • It's kind of tricksy to detect and could be utilized in the Farmville market to purchase some really special items.

    ReadABlog.com New Blogs and RSS Feeds

  • And even when we could almost imagine we're listening to some kind of tricksy neo-soul, as in 'Lock It', or an obscure offshoot of electro, as in 'Strange Crowd', there's the vocals.

    The Line Of Best Fit

  • His new film is similarly tricksy: in the voiceover, it spins a fictional catastrophe that recalls Cyprus' conflicted past over honeyed footage of blue seas, rustic beehives and golden fields that wouldn't look out of place on a posh holiday programme.

    This week's new exhibitions

  • Luka, confronted by his father's ghostly double – the tricksy, hard-to-pin-down Nobodaddy – embarks on a daredevil mission to the World of Magic, determined to return with the Fire of Life itself and thereby reinvigorate his father.

    Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie - review

  • However, Carême, the "king of chefs, and chef of kings" thanks Wikipedia, piques my interest with a particularly tricksy method, in which the egg yolks and water are heated gently until thickened, and "pats of whole butter" are then whisked in to emulsify the butterfat and thin the cooked eggs.

    How to make perfect hollandaise sauce

  • Rice is a tricksy ingredient and, just like risotto, certain rules must be observed to achieve paella nirvana.

    How to cook the perfect paella

  • You don't need it to be tricksy or expressive of modern design—it just needs to tell the time.

    The Rebirth of a Classic

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  • He fancied her beholding visions as she wrought the music--visions full of barbaric color and romantic forms. As his mind swam along with the gliding, tricksy phantom of a tune, it seemed as if he too could see these visions--as if he gazed at them through her eyes.

    - Harold Frederic, The Damnation of Theron Ware, ch. 19

    August 8, 2008