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Synonyms for tricky
ˈtrɪk itrick·y

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slippery, trickyadjective

    not to be trusted

    "how extraordinarily slippery a liar the camera is"- James Agee

    dodgy, catchy, cunning, knavish, sly, guileful, wily, foxy, crafty, slippy, slick, tricksy, slippery

    trustworthy, trusty, easy, artless

  2. catchy, trickyadjective

    having concealed difficulty

    "a catchy question"; "a tricky recipe to follow"

    dodgy, catchy, cunning, knavish, sly, attention-getting, guileful, wily, foxy, crafty, slick, tricksy, slippery

    easy, trustworthy, trusty, artless

  3. crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky, wilyadjective

    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"

    tricksy, slippery, cunning, silky, clever, dicey, slick, sly, cute, satiny, chancy, sleek, catchy, ingenious, chanceful, pat, crafty, silklike, wily, guileful, knavish, dodgy, silken, glib, foxy

    artless, trustworthy, trusty, easy

Editors Contribution

  1. sneaky

    to do something different than said

    you will take a cookie when no one is looking

    Submitted by GallowayKitten on May 2, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. trickyadjective


Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. trickyadjective

    trickish, knavish, unprincipled, treacherous

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "tricky":

    delicate, thorny, difficult, sensitive, complicated, complex, awkward


  1. List of known nicknames for "Tricky":

    Adrian Thaws, Starving Souls, Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, Tricky Kid

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  1. Andrew Sheehy of Generator Research:

    We're looking at a major technological revolution of a similar magnitude to the mobile revolution, vERY TRICKY.

  2. Paul Gruenwald:

    I suspect the negotiations are going to be tricky. I can't see big changes by China.

  3. Justin Rose:

    Got a bit tricky this afternoon, i didnt pay too much attention to this mornings scores. Saw a scoreboard at one points 9 (under), 8, 7s, 6s and I knew it was on. This golf course, if youre playing well, you can take it on and challenge it. ... If youre not 100 percent on your game, you have to play conservatively.

  4. Liam Broady:

    I don't think Roger is going to have played anyone like Marcus. I know that for a fact. It will be tricky, that's what Marcus always is. He makes opponents win matches. He serves well, serves big, puts pressure on.

  5. Lisa Keller:

    I know a lot of people think daycare is expensive, and it is for parents, [ but ] then we're also not making a ton of money, so to hire somebody, you have to have more kids, so you can pay them, and it gets tricky that way -- making sure you can find the kids so you can afford the help, but needing the help because you can have only so many kids. It's a balancing act.

Translations for tricky

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  • صعبArabic
  • knifflig, heikel, gerissen, schwierigGerman
  • δυσνόητος, περίπλοκος, μπερδεμένοςGreek
  • dificultoso, dificultosa, difícilSpanish
  • petlik, täbar, keeruline, kavalEstonian
  • tukala, hankala, ovela, juonikasFinnish
  • épineux, retors, malin, rusée, complexe, délicat, compliqué, ruséFrench
  • նենգոտArmenian
  • difficile, pericoloso, insidioso, ingannevoleItalian
  • 狡猾Japanese
  • 교활한Korean
  • ancipiti captioni isseLatin
  • netelige, listige, listig, neteligDutch
  • complicada, complicadoPortuguese
  • щекотливый, каверзный, оборотистый, ловкий, пронырливыйRussian
  • listig, lurig, knepig, meckigSwedish
  • güç, aldatıcı, kurnaz, zorTurkish

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