- The definition of a trick is a prank or a joke.
An example of a trick is jumping out from behind a door and scaring someone.
- To trick is defined as to make an illusion, or to play a joke or prank.
An example of to trick is when the light reflection makes it appear that there are four items when, in fact, there are only three.
- an action or device designed to deceive, cheat, outwit, etc.; artifice; dodge; ruse; stratagem
- a mischievous or playful act; prank, practical joke, etc.
- a deception or illusion: the light played a trick on my eyes
- a freakish, foolish, mean, or stupid act
- a clever or difficult act intended to amuse; specif.,
- an act of jugglery or sleight of hand; also, an illusion of the kind created by legerdemain
- an action, feat, or routine performed by an animal as a result of training
- any feat requiring skill
- the art or knack of doing something easily, skillfully, quickly, etc.: the trick of making good pastry
- an expedient or convention of an art, craft, or trade: to learn the tricks of the trade
- a personal habit or mannerism: a trick of tugging at the ear
- a turn or round of duty or work; shift
- a child or girl, esp. one viewed as cute or pretty
- the act or an instance of performing sexual intercourse as a prostitute with a customer
- such a customer
- Card Games the cards (one from each player) played and won in a single round: a trick serves as a unit in scoring
Origin of trickMiddle English trik from Norman French trique from trikier from Old French trichier, to trick, cheat, probably from Vulgar Latin an unverified form triccare, altered from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Late Latin tricare, to deceive, for Classical Latin tricari, to make trouble from tricae, vexations, tricks from Indo-European an unverified form treik- from base an unverified form ter-, to turn, rub from source throw
- having to do with or used for a trick or tricks
- that tricks
- apt to malfunction; of uncertain reliability: a trick knee
do the trick
not miss a trick
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up to one's old tricks
- a. An act or procedure intended to achieve an end by deceptive or fraudulent means. See Synonyms at wile.b. A mischievous action; a prank: likes to play tricks on the other students in the dorm.c. A stupid, disgraceful, or childish act: Don't let the kids pull any tricks while we're gone.
- a. A peculiar trait or characteristic; a mannerism: “Mimicry is the trick by which a moth or other defenseless insect comes to look like a wasp” ( Marston Bates )b. A peculiar event with unexpected, often deceptive results: “One of history's cruelest tricks is to take words that sounded good at the time and make them sound pretty stupid” ( David Owen )c. A deceptive or illusive appearance; an illusion: This painting plays tricks on the eyes.
- a. A special skill; a knack: Is there a trick to getting this window to stay up?b. A convention or specialized skill peculiar to a particular field of activity: learned the tricks of the winemaking trade.
- a. A feat of magic or legerdemain.b. A difficult, dexterous, or clever act designed to amuse: Does your dog do any tricks?
- Games a. All the cards played in a single round, one from each player.b. One such round.
- a. A period or turn of duty, as at the helm of a ship.b. Slang A prison term.
- Slang a. An act of prostitution.b. A prostitute's customer.c. A session carried out by a prostitute with a client.
- Slang A robbery or theft.
tr. & intr.v.tricked, trick·ing, tricks
- Of, relating to, or involving tricks.
- Capable of performing tricks: a trick dog.
- Designed or made for doing a trick or tricks: trick cards; trick dice.
- Weak, defective, or liable to fail: a trick knee.
Origin of trickMiddle English trik from Old North French trique from trikier to deceive probably from Vulgar Latin triccāre from Latin trīcārī to play tricks from trīcae tricks
(comparative tricker, superlative trickest)
- Something designed to fool or swindle.
- It was just a trick to say that the house was underpriced.
- A single piece (business) of a magician's (any variety entertainer's) act.
- And for my next trick, I will pull a wombat out of a duffel bag.
- An effective, clever or quick way of doing something.
- tricks of the trade; what's the trick of getting this chair to fold up?
- Mischievous or annoying behavior; a prank.
- the tricks of boys
- (dated) A particular habit or manner; a peculiarity; a trait.
- a trick of drumming with the fingers; a trick of frowning
- A knot, braid, or plait of hair.
- (card games) A sequence in which each player plays a card and a winning play is determined.
- I was able to take the second trick with the queen of hearts.
- (slang) An act of prostitution. Generally used with turn.
- At the worst point, she was turning ten tricks a day.
- (slang) A customer to a prostitute.
- As the businessman rounded the corner, she thought, "Here comes another trick."
- An entertaining difficult physical action.
- That's a nice skateboard, but can you do any tricks on it?
- A daily period of work, especially in shift-based jobs.
- (nautical) A sailor's spell of work at the helm, usually two hours long.
- A toy; a trifle; a plaything.
(third-person singular simple present tricks, present participle tricking, simple past and past participle tricked)
- Perhaps from Old Northern French trique (related to Old French trichier; French: tricher), itself possibly from Middle High German trechen (“to launch a shot at, play a trick on”), but the Old French verb more likely is derived from Vulgar Latin *triccāre, from Late Latin tricāre, from Latin trīcārī (“behave in an evasive manner, search for detours; trifle, delay”).
- Alternatively, perhaps from Dutch trek (“a pull, draw, trick”), from trekken (“to draw”), from Middle Dutch trekken, trēken (“to pull, place, put, move”), from Old Dutch *trekkan, *trekan (“to move, drag”), from Proto-Germanic *trakjaną, *trikaną (“to drag, scrape, pull”), from Proto-Indo-European *dreg- (“to drag, scrape”).