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1 a cunning or deceitful action or device; "he played a trick on me"; "he pulled a fast one and got away with it" [syn: fast one]
2 a period of work or duty
3 an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent; "that offer was a dirty trick"
4 a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement [syn: antic, joke, prank, caper, put-on]
5 an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers [syn: magic trick, conjuring trick, magic, legerdemain, conjuration, illusion, deception] v : deceive somebody; "We tricked the teacher into thinking that class would be cancelled next week" [syn: fob, fox, pull a fast one on, play a trick on]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /trɪk/, /trIk/
  • Rhymes: -ɪk


  • sense noun From Old North French trique, from trichier (French: tricher).


  1. To fool; to cause to believe something untrue.
    You tried to trick me when you said that house was underpriced.
  2. to trick out; to mod or customize an object, typically for the purpose of both personalization as well as enhancing the object's performance capabilities and more particularly for the purpose of performing stunts with that object.
    His friends were particularly impressed with the way he tricked out his Ruckus.


to fool; to cause to believe something untrue


  1. Something designed to trick.
    It was just a trick to say that the house was underpriced.
  2. A magic trick.
    And for my next trick, I will pull a wombat out of a duffel bag.
  3. A sequence in which each player plays a card and a winning play is determined.
    I was able to take the second trick with the heart queen.
  4. An act of prostitution. Generally used with turn.
    At the worst point, she was turning ten tricks a day.
  5. A customer to a prostitute.
    As the businessman rounded the corner, she thought, "Here comes another trick."
  6. A daily period of work, especially in shift-based jobs.
    • 1885, Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen, The Conductor and Brakeman, page 496:
      On third trick from 12 m. to 8 am, we have W. A. White, formerly operator at Wallula, who thus far has given general satisfaction.
    • 1899, New York (State), Bureau of Statistics, Deptartment of Labor, Annual Report:
      Woodside Junction—On 8 hour basis, first trick $60, second trick $60, third trick $50.
    • 1949, Labor arbitration reports, page 738:
      The Union contends that Fifer was entitled to promotion to the position of Group Leader on the third trick in the Core Room Department.


en-adj er
  1. Something that is unusually stylish or cool.
    Wow, your new sportscar is so trick.



something designed to trick
magic trick
winning sequence in cards
  • Finnish: tikki
  • German: Stich
  • Norwegian: stikk
  • Spanish: truco
  • Swedish: stick
slang: act of prostitution
slang: customer to a prostitute
  • German: Freier
  • Norwegian: horekunde
  • Swedish: torsk

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Trick may refer to:
  • Trick (film), a 1999 American movie
  • Trick (TV series), a Japanese TV/movie series
  • Trick, an illusion or act of misdirection, especially a magic trick
  • Confidence trick, an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons usually with the goal of financial or other gain.
  • Hat-trick, in sports, succeeding at anything three times in three consecutive attempts
  • Skateboarding trick, a maneuver performed on a skateboard while skateboarding
  • Stop trick, a simple film special effect
  • Tricking, in playing a video game tricking means doing things that were not intended to be done by the game creators, such as glitches, jumps, launches, and collections. A notable game for tricking is Halo, which has thousands of fansites and communities which revolve around tricking, such as High Impact Halo (HIH)

See also

  • Trix (disambiguation)
  • Tricky, English rapper, producer, and musician
  • Tricking, a sport involving the combination of gymnastics with various martial arts
  • Trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted infection, often called trich
  • Trick-or-treating, an activity for children on Halloween
trick in German: Trick
trick in Spanish: Truco
trick in French: Trick
trick in Ido: Ruzo
trick in Japanese: トリック (曖昧さ回避)
trick in Polish: Trik

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