Synonyms of trick in English:

trick


See definition of trick

noun

1‘he's capable of any mean trick’

SYNONYMS

stratagem, ploy, ruse, scheme, device, move, manoeuvre, contrivance, machination, expedient, artifice, wile, dodge

deceit, deception, trickery, subterfuge, chicanery, sharp practice

swindle, hoax, fraud, confidence trick

informal con, con trick, set-up, game, scam, sting, gyp, flimflam

British informal wheeze

North American informal bunco, grift

Australian informal lurk, rort

South African informal schlenter

British informal, dated flanker

archaic shift, fetch, rig

2‘I think he's playing a trick on us’

SYNONYMS

practical joke, joke, prank, jape, stunt, antic, caper

informal leg-pull, spoof, put-on

British informal cod

North American informal dido

Australian informal goak

archaic cutup, quiz

Scottish archaic cantrip

3‘he entertained the children with conjuring tricks’

SYNONYMS

feat, stunt

sleight of hand, legerdemain, prestidigitation

magic

4‘it was probably a trick of the light’

SYNONYMS

illusion, optical illusion, deception, figment of the imagination

mirage

5‘Arthur taught her the tricks of the trade’

SYNONYMS

technique, knack, art, skill

secret

informal know-how

6‘he sat biting his fingernails, a trick of his when he was excited or angry’

SYNONYMS

mannerism, habit, practice, quirk, idiosyncrasy, peculiarity, foible, eccentricity, way, characteristic, trait


verb

1‘many people have been tricked by villains with false identity cards’

SYNONYMS

deceive, delude, hoodwink, mislead, take in, dupe, fool, double-cross, cheat, defraud, swindle, outwit, outmanoeuvre, catch out, gull, hoax, bamboozle, beguile

entrap

informal con, bilk, diddle, rook, put one over on, pull a fast one on, pull the wool over someone's eyes, take for a ride, lead up the garden path, spoof, shaft, do, have, gyp, flimflam

North American informal sucker, snooker, goldbrick, give someone a bum steer

Australian informal pull a swifty on

archaic cozen, chicane, sell

rare illude


Phrases

    do the trick

      ‘a glass of whisky did the trick—I slept like a log’

      SYNONYMS

      be effective, work, solve the problem, take care of the problem, achieve the desired result, fill the bill, fit the bill

      North American

      turn the trick

      do the necessary

    trick someone/something out

      ‘he was tricked out in wide silk trousers, a red sash, and a necklace of silver dollars’

      SYNONYMS

      dress, dress up, array, attire, rig out, garb, get up

      adorn, decorate, deck, deck out, embellish, ornament, festoon

      literary

      bedeck, accoutre, apparel, bedizen, caparison, trap out, furbelow