WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
trick /trɪk/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a sneaky scheme to deceive or cheat:He played a nasty trick on me, promising to keep a secret but then telling everyone else what I told him.
  2. a silly or mischievous act;
    a practical joke;
    a prank:to play a trick on their teacher on April Fools' Day.
  3. a clever action, as to solve a problem, etc.:the tricks of the carpenter trade.
  4. the art of doing something skillfully:the trick of making others laugh.
  5. a clever act done to entertain, amuse, etc.:some clever card tricks.
  6. Games
    • the group or set of cards played and won in one round.
    • a point or scoring unit based on this.
  7. Slang Terms
    • a prostitute's customer.
    • a sexual act between a prostitute and a customer.

  1. of or relating to tricks:trick shooting done while riding on horseback.
  2. specially made or used for tricks:a trick chair that collapses.
  3. Pathology(of a joint) likely to weaken suddenly:a trick knee.

  1. to deceive:[+ object]They tricked me into giving them my money.
  2. to cheat (someone), forcing someone to lose something:[+ object + out of + object]tricked out of his inheritance by dishonest lawyers.
  1. Idiomsdo the trick, to produce the desired effect:Give me that screwdriver—that should do the trick.

trick•er•y, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
trick (trik),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. a crafty or underhanded device, maneuver, stratagem, or the like, intended to deceive or cheat;
  2. an optical illusion:It must have been some visual trick caused by the flickering candlelight.
  3. a roguish or mischievous act;
    practical joke;
    prank:She likes to play tricks on her friends.
  4. a mean, foolish, or childish action.
  5. a clever or ingenious device or expedient;
    adroit technique:the tricks of the trade.
  6. the art or knack of doing something skillfully:You seem to have mastered the trick of making others laugh.
  7. a clever or dexterous feat intended to entertain, amuse, etc.:He taught his dog some amazing tricks.
  8. a feat of magic or legerdemain:card tricks.
  9. a behavioral peculiarity;
  10. a period of duty or turn;
    tour of duty:I relieved the pilot after he had completed his trick at the wheel.
  11. [Cards.]
    • the group or set of cards played and won in one round.
    • a point or scoring unit.
    • a card that is a potential winner. Cf. honor trick.
  12. [Informal.]a child or young girl:a pretty little trick.
  13. [Slang.]
    • a prostitute's customer.
    • a sexual act between a prostitute and a customer.
  14. [Heraldry.]
    • a preliminary sketch of a coat of arms.
    • See engraver's trick.
  15. do or turn the trick, to achieve the desired effect or result:Another turn of the pliers should do the trick.
  16. turn a trick, [Slang.](of a prostitute) to engage in a sexual act with a customer.

  1. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or involving tricks:trick shooting.
  2. designed or used for tricks:a trick chair.
  3. (of a joint) inclined to stiffen or weaken suddenly and unexpectedly:a trick shoulder.

  1. to deceive by trickery.
  2. [Heraldry.]to indicate the tinctures of (a coat of arms) with engraver's tricks.
  3. to cheat or swindle (usually fol. by out of ):to trick someone out of an inheritance.
  4. to beguile by trickery (usually fol. by into).

  1. to practice trickery or deception;
  2. to play tricks;
    trifle (usually fol. by with).
  3. [Slang.]to engage in sexual acts for hire.
  4. trick out, [Informal.]to embellish or adorn with or as if with ornaments or other attention-getting devices.
trick er, n. 
trick ing•ly, adv. 
  • Vulgar Latin *triccāre, for Latin trīcārī to play tricks
  • Old North French trique deceit, derivative of trikier to deceive
  • late Middle English trik (noun, nominal) 1375–1425
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged deception.
      Trick, artifice, ruse, stratagem, wile are terms for crafty or cunning devices that are intended to deceive.
      Trick, the general term, refers usually to an underhanded act designed to cheat someone, but it sometimes refers merely to a pleasurable deceiving of the senses:to win by a trick.Like
      trick, but to a greater degree,
      artifice emphasizes the cleverness, ingenuity, or cunning with which the proceeding is devised:an artifice of diabolical ingenuity.Ruse and
      stratagem emphasize the purpose for which the trick is designed;
      ruse is the more general term of the two, and
      stratagem sometimes implies a more elaborate procedure or a military application:He gained entrance by a ruse. His stratagem gave them command of the hill.Wile emphasizes the disarming effect of the trick upon those who are deceived:His wiles charmed them into trusting him.
    • 20.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See cheat.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

trick /trɪk/ n
  1. a deceitful, cunning, or underhand action or plan
  2. a mischievous, malicious, or humorous action or plan; joke: the boys are up to their tricks again
  3. (as modifier): a trick spider
  4. an illusory or magical feat or device
  5. a simple feat learned by an animal or person
  6. an adroit or ingenious device; knack: a trick of the trade
  7. a behavioural trait, habit, or mannerism
  8. a turn or round of duty or work
  9. a batch of cards containing one from each player, usually played in turn and won by the player or side that plays the card with the highest value
  10. a card that can potentially win a trick
  11. can't take a trickAustral slang to be consistently unsuccessful or unlucky
  12. do the trickinformal to produce the right or desired result
  13. how's tricks?slang how are you?
  14. turn a trickslang (of a prostitute) to gain a customer
  1. to defraud, deceive, or cheat (someone), esp by means of a trick
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old Northern French trique, from trikier to deceive, from Old French trichier, ultimately from Latin trīcārī to play tricks

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