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From trick +‎ -y.


  • IPA(key): /tɹɪki/
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tricky (comparative trickier, superlative trickiest)

  1. hard to deal with, complicated
    They were in a tricky situation.
    • 2012 September 15, Amy Lawrence, “Arsenal's Gervinho enjoys the joy of six against lowly Southampton”, in the Guardian[1]:
      It was as comfortable an afternoon as Arsène Wenger could have wished for in a situation that can be tricky in between internationals and the upcoming Champions League.
  2. adept at using deception
    A tricky salesman can sell anything.
  3. (colloquial, slang) Relating to or associated with a prostitution trick
    I don't want any of your tricky money, thank you!

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