• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tricksy marked by skill in deception "cunning men often pass for wise","deep political machinations","a foxy scheme","a slick evasive answer","sly as a fox","tricky Dick","a wily old attorney"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tricksy Exhibiting artfulness; trickish. "My tricksy spirit!""he tricksy policy which in the seventeenth century passed for state wisdom."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tricksy Trickish; cunning; adroit; artful; crafty.
    • tricksy Deceptive; fallacious; illusive: illusory.
    • tricksy Playful; sportive; mischievous.
    • tricksy Trim; dainty; neat; spruce.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Tricksy trickish, exhibiting artfulness: pretty, dainty, neat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Trick
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tricher, to beguile—L. tricāri, to trifle.


In literature:

His mind was full of tricksy devices for eluding this task of serious thought which he sought to impose upon it.
"The Damnation of Theron Ware" by Harold Frederic
And marked the tricksy witching fair; They rush, they whirl!
"Jasmin: Barber, Poet, Philanthropist" by Samuel Smiles
It's a tricksy world, that realm of intuitions.
"The Trail of the White Mule" by B. M. Bower
Oh tricksy elf, Wouldst drive thy father to despair?
"The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Various
Moreover, he will do it all with the face of a clown and the manner of a tricksy monkey.
"On the Firing Line" by Anna Chapin Ray and Hamilton Brock Fuller
The king is only, or he appears, tricksy because you compel him to wind and counterplot.
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith
It is the tricksy heart which sets up that balance, to jump into it on one side or the other.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
Alvan, left to himself, had a quiet belief in the subjugation of his tricksy Clotilde, and the inspiriting he had given her.
"The Tragic Comedians, Complete" by George Meredith
But I dread so tricksy a pilot.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
But in the distance to which the olive forests stretched they lost this effect of tricksy familiarity.
"Roman Holidays and Others" by W. D. Howells

In poetry:

Then all was still, and then the band,
With movement light and tricksy,
Made stream and forest, hill and strand,
Reverberate with "Dixie."
"Music In Camp" by John Reuben Thompson
Thine essence, that was heavenly sweet,
Has flown upon the tricksy air:
Fate's hand is on thee; drop thy leaves,
And go among the things that were.
"Solace" by Maurice Thompson
"To-morrow is Christmas!--but Beverly,--say,
Will it do to be glad when Papa is away?"
And the face that is tricksy and blythe as can be,
Tries vainly to temper its shadowless glee.
"Beechenbrook - V" by Margaret Junkin Preston
Their merry little footsteps
Race with the tricksy air, That puffs their filmy dresses
And frees their shining hair. All pink and white and golden
Under the round gold sun, Winging the wind with laughter,
They ring and wreathe and run.
"A Play Festival In Ogden Park" by Harriet Monroe
For Love, the tricksy pilot, still at our helm he sings,
Our darkest night is luminous with torchlight from his wings;
Loudly he sings and sweetly above the whistling gale,
And with Love’s music in our hearts, how could we turn or quail?
"The Voyage" by Alice Guerin Crist
Yes - we would sail together, my Captain gay and I.
Past miles and miles of blossomed shore, with sheltering harbours nigh;
We would not tempt the trackless seas, nor roam the waters dark,
Les Love, the tricksy pilot, should e’er desert our bark.
"The Voyage" by Alice Guerin Crist

In news:

Whiskey labels tend to feature a host of tricksy little terms such as "fine," "old," and "smooth".
Damn Those Tricksy Republicans With Their Hate and Their Crop Subsidies.