Definition of trickster in English:

trickster

noun

  • A person who cheats or deceives people.

    • ‘Good magicians are good tricksters and good tricksters can fool the smartest of people.’
    • ‘A vulnerable elderly woman from York has had her life savings stolen after tricksters targeted her in an international money fraud.’
    • ‘In court, some states have argued that there's no reason for wine sellers to act like tricksters or outlaws.’
    • ‘In the upper central area is a joker figure a trickster whose red-lipped grin betokens some undefined menace.’
    • ‘They lived by their own wits as confidence men and tricksters.’
    • ‘The three tricksters sold the pills to drug users, swindling them out of 60 baht per pill and giving them a severe headache in the process.’
    • ‘Instead of seeing people as good or bad, we need to begin acknowledging a third group - the conmen or tricksters.’
    • ‘This could be the deliberate deception practised by the stock character of the trickster or that practised by nature through the phenomenon of twins.’
    • ‘It will mean extra officers being assigned to the Regional Crime Unit which focuses on cross-border crime, including burglary gangs and cashpoint tricksters.’
    • ‘The budding scientists of today will need to prepare themselves to do battle with silliness, impostors, tricksters and fraudsters.’
    • ‘Within the vast, bright realm of cyberspace, however, lurk various tricksters and scam artists ranging from amusing to annoying or downright dangerous.’
    • ‘The author is simply too much of a buffoon, too transparent a trickster, too irresistible a conman, to be dislikeable.’
    • ‘Police and trading standards representatives will warn the elderly of the scams and ploys used by silver-tongued tricksters to get their hands on their hard-earned cash.’
    • ‘Trading standards bosses have made tackling the tricksters, who include cowboy tradesmen, rip-off builders and confidence cheats, their number one priority.’
    • ‘In America, schemes are the tools of con-men and tricksters.’
    • ‘The call comes after a surge in artifice burglaries, where tricksters assume a variety of guises and prey upon people's trust to enter their homes and steal belongings.’
    • ‘The tricksters are so sharp they mix silk and wool in the high price range and just razor the silk when you ask for the test - hence the need to ask for a razor sample across the whole colour range of the carpet you fancy.’
    • ‘Mamet's works are about tricksters, con men, people always out to put one over on someone else.’
    • ‘We must remember who Rivka is: she is the sister of Lavan, the infamous trickster and con man.’
    swindler, cheat, fraud, fraudster, defrauder, confidence man
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Pronunciation

trickster

/ˈtrɪkstə/