- 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
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not miss a trick
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- 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 *triccare, from Latin tr&imacron;car&imacron;, to play tricks, from tr&imacron;cae, 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”).