American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Given to or characterized by trickery.
- adj. Requiring caution or skill: a tricky recipe.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Given to tricks; knavish; artful; sharp; shifty: as, a tricky wind; a plausible and tricky fellow.
- Playful; roguish; mischievous.
- Synonyms Artful, Sly, etc. See cunning.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Given to tricks; practicing deception; trickish; knavish.
- adj. having concealed difficulty
- adj. not to be trusted
- adj. marked by skill in deception
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