Synonyms of trick in English:


See definition of trick


1‘he's capable of any mean trick’


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’


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’


feat, stunt

sleight of hand, legerdemain, prestidigitation


4‘it was probably a trick of the light’


illusion, optical illusion, deception, figment of the imagination


5‘Arthur taught her the tricks of the trade’


technique, knack, art, skill


informal know-how

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


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


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


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


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


    do the trick

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


      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’


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

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


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