Legerdemain is defined as trickery or magic, or using your hands skillfully to perform tricks.
When a magician is quick with his hands and is able to deceive you into believing he is making magic, this is an example of legerdemain.
- sleight of hand; skill of a stage magician
- trickery of any sort; deceit
Origin of legerdemainMiddle English from Middle French leger de main, literally , light of hand from leger ( from Late Latin an unverified form levarius from Classical Latin levis, light) + de ( from Classical Latin de, of, from) + main from Classical Latin manus, hand
- Sleight of hand.
- Deceitful cleverness; trickery: financial legerdemain.
Origin of legerdemainMiddle English legerdemayn from Old French leger de main leger light ( from Vulgar Latin leviārius ) ( from Latin levis ; see legwh- in Indo-European roots.) de of ( from Latin dē ; see de- . ) main hand ; see mortmain .