Definition of cantrip in English:



  • A mischievous or playful act; a trick.

    • ‘My training isn't finished and most of my spells are weak cantrips.’
    • ‘No longer did he smile and laugh as she performed cantrips and illusions, now he frowned, despising all magic, therefore despising her, she being a student of the magic arts.’
    • ‘As the cantrip for detecting magical aura levels finished, the usual tingling feeling came into his body, and instantly escalated.’
    • ‘Small, everyday cantrips, often considered party tricks by the more learned members of their race, are taught to whelplings, things like lighting a small fire, conjuring a cooling breeze, and the such.’
    • ‘Jinx liked that, because there was something reassuring in the countless little cantrips and tricks, so unlike anything he had known.’
    practical joke, joke, prank, jape, stunt, antic, caper
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Late 16th century (also in the sense ‘witch's trick’): of unknown origin.