trickster

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trickster a mischievous supernatural being found in the folklore of many primitive people; sometimes distinguished by prodigious biological drives and exaggerated bodily parts
    • n trickster someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
    • n trickster someone who plays practical jokes on others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Trickster One who tricks; a deceiver; a tricker; a cheat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trickster One who practises tricks; a deceiver; a cheat.
    • trickster To play tricks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Trickster one who practises tricks, a cheat
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tricher, to beguile—L. tricāri, to trifle.

Usage

In literature:

They were putting the girl into the exact attitude of the paid trickster.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
Engineers of this stamp at best are but tricksters.
"Opportunities in Engineering" by Charles M. Horton
Where art thou, trickster, that I may vent my fury upon thee?
"Faustus his Life, Death, and Doom" by Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
They tricked the trickster in other ways; one of which was to write the names of mortals instead of spirits.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
What is the matter with you, Trickster Tim?
"Athelstane Ford" by Allen Upward
Besides, Pere Roque was an old trickster.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
The time has come to put a string of searching questions and to trick the trickster if there be really any deception.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Elijah Abbott as a trickster is alone in his class.
"The Lieutenant-Governor" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
I am not a trickster.
"The Moving Finger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Some are mere tricksters.
"Jimbo" by Algernon Blackwood
I know you for the vilest cheat and trickster that ever walked the earth.
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant
Between such contradictory statements, it is difficult to determine how much we should impute to the philosopher and how much to the trickster.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
Eventually, he falls into the hands of some Alsatian tricksters.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
If it were a trick, he'd catch the trickster.
"The Romantic Analogue" by W.W. Skupeldyckle
To-day why not I, the trickster, the hypocrite?
"The Golden Age" by Kenneth Grahame
Pranken is probably right, and Eric is a wily trickster under the mask of honest plainness.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
I believe he thinks I am a trickster.
"Windyridge" by W. Riley
It announced that Trickster, at six to one, came home a winner in the Murray.
"The Garden of Eden" by Max Brand
You're a cheap trickster who pawns himself off as a gentleman!
"Penny Nichols and the Black Imp" by Joan Clark
After becoming notorious over Europe as a trickster at cards, and for his dissipations, he returned to Venice in 1755.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. VIII" by Various
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In poetry:

Behold a warrior dealing mortal strokes,
Whose nature was a child's: amid his foes
A wary trickster: at the battle's close,
No gentler friend this leopard dashed with fox.
"The Century Of Garibaldi" by George Meredith
Queen of the song-realm, what doest thou?
Up amid the leaflets, rocking on the bough,
Ah! little trickster, building thee a nest,
Cosy, soft and warm, for thy wee ones to rest.
"To The Mock-Bird" by Mary Weston Fordham
MOSCON. Clarin, from the first to last,
All your life you've been a trickster,
A smart temporizing toady,
A bold flatterer, a trimmer,
Since you praise the thoughts of others,
And ne'er speak your own.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Oh, let them in their darkness sleep,
Whilst hell doth from her ambush creep
To snatch her mighty prize—
The pimp of power, the venal slave,
The trickster-playing fool and knave,
And all their host of spies.
"Lines, Addressed To H ———," by Samuel Bamford
'We see each other as vain and futile tricksters,—
Posturing like bald apes before a mirror;
No pity dims our eyes . . .
How many others, like ourselves, this instant,
See how the great world wizens, and are wise? . . .'
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 09:" by Conrad Potter Aiken
NORMAN. Trickster! The part you bungled
Was mere destruction, and you boast your power
Of raising from the dust a man's good name,
A woman's honour, and her faith in men;—
Things easy to betray as life, and hard
Almost as life to re-instate—
"The Wynnes Of Wynhavod. Act IV" by Emily Pfeiffer

In news:

The Trickster store is the retail embodiment of the annual alternative art event.
'Scareware' trickster fined $163m by US authorities.
To the Trickster Go the Spoils.
Trickster 's Point by William Kent Krueger ( ).
Trickster 's Point by William Kent Kreuger (Atria Books).
Copley's Louie Gigliotti: Football Trickster .
I liked the sheer array of kinds of tricksters in this book.
Is Jim Roe a stupid human trickster of David Letterman caliber.
A Chat with Trickster 's Andrew Cohen.
Not Nixon the Watergate dirty trickster, but Nixon the statesman.
Tricksters endanger Virginia's fair elections.
Congrats to my fellow Hat Tricksters.
Houdini , A Trickster for the Industrial Era.
And do it all trickster-style.
Trickster's Point by William Kent Krueger ( ).
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