Definition of tricksy in English:



  • 1(of a person) playful or mischievous.

    • ‘But Gray is a tricksy fellow and might be fibbing.’
    • ‘Bawer is quite plainly a talented writer, but he is also tricksy, and he has a tendency to overload what are often perfectly valid points with debatable stylistic flourishes.’
    • ‘Our traditional institutions of learning are under threat from these nasty, tricksy cheats.’
    • ‘Someone tricksy has been taking pictures of the car he drives in the forthcoming movie.’
    • ‘Strachan, on the other hand, was regarded as tricksy enough to outmanoeuvre his dour Aberdeen and Manchester United manager.’
    frisky, jolly, fun-loving, lively, full of fun, high-spirited, spirited, in high spirits, exuberant, perky, skittish, coltish, kittenish
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    1. 1.1Clever in an ingenious or deceptive way.
      ‘a typically tricksy beginning to his latest venture’
      • ‘It's all well-played by the Northern Sinfonia under James Sinclair, and the music is sprightly and often engaging, but a lot of it is tricksy stuff, full of little efforts at musical humour or attention grabbing.’
      • ‘It is immensely clever, perhaps overly tricksy for some tastes and, most importantly, extraordinarily brilliant.’
      • ‘I'd rather thought this might happen, because one or two of the words were tricksy, to say the least.’
      • ‘It also comes with a set of tricksy windscreen wipers.’
      • ‘Partly it is through a fear of actually engaging with the tricksy arguments themselves: it is altogether easier to attack the individual - to take out the man, rather than the ball, as it were.’
      • ‘Out went the tacky, big-budget stage sets and tricksy technology and in came rock 'n' roll again.’
      • ‘I found a different route, using tricksy short-cuts, through Bradford, which I'd known since childhood.’
      • ‘The second paper was again a little tricksy in places, but overall nicer than the first one.’
      • ‘And do not try anything tricksy if you don't need to.’
      • ‘Sure, the profile questions were laboured and tricksy, but they either gave way to genuine honesty or exposed pretension; you could just tell when a person was straining to be winsome.’
      • ‘Personally, I find that the sensationalist presentation, tricksy camera work and scary music gets in the way of any profound analysis.’
      • ‘Then again, it might just be a tricksy way of showing-off a bit.’
      • ‘It's pretty middling stuff, with a tricksy mannerism of freeze-framing the action at the end of a scene, which makes it look like a dodgy DVD pressing.’
      • ‘Now there's a tricksy little topic not likely to raise many smiles should it happen to pop up in conversation.’
      • ‘Also, a pair of tricksy pop-out cupholders hide behind a flimsy bit of plastic on the passenger side.’
      • ‘Flashbacks, dream sequences and supernatural intervention merge into a miasma of disjointed, tricksy effects.’
      • ‘It is also a thing of beauty, with typography that's clever without being tricksy, saliva-inducing photography and cute little naif drawings.’
      • ‘On the other hand, Jaki is clearly present in the rhythms which are straightforward but tricksy, deliberate but playful.’
      • ‘The Maltings' interior design is obviously not to the judge's taste: it is said to be ‘entirely contrived, with a tricksy decor strong on salvaged somewhat quirky junk’.’
      • ‘They think up tricksy names, they might even hire an expensive designer to do them a label, and when it comes to the end, their wine is made in the same winery as all their rivals' wines.’
      tidy, neat and tidy, as neat as a new pin, orderly, well ordered, in order, in good order, well kept, in apple-pie order, immaculate, spick and span, uncluttered, straight, trim, spruce
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