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tricky

Syllabification: trick·y
Pronunciation: /ˈtrikē
 
/

Definition of tricky in English:

adjective (trickier, trickiest)

1(Of a task, problem, or situation) requiring care and skill because difficult or awkward: applying eyeliner can be a tricky business some things are very tricky to explain
More example sentences
  • Completing one set of objectives or the other isn't too hard, but completing them both is a tricky task.
  • The horribly tricky task for the judges in such situations is to avoid the court being used as a weapon in a revenge mission.
  • He has the tricky task of deciding where the side will play in the future.
Synonyms
difficult, awkward, problematic, delicate, ticklish, sensitive, embarrassing, touchy;
risky, uncertain, precarious, touch-and-go;
thorny, knotty, complex, complicated
informal sticky, hairy, dicey
1.1(Of a person or act) deceitful, crafty, or skillful.
Example sentences
  • The early minutes of the second half saw more great skills from Thompson and tricky runs from Sovago.
  • Ryan Giggs is not as tricky but he has great pace, skill and overall quality.
  • The tricky winger immediately started to cause Portadown problems and clearly lifted the Newry attack.
Synonyms

Derivatives

trickily

1
Pronunciation: /ˈtrikəlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Customs officers, for example, I find trickily unpredictable.
  • With these techniques Johnson effectively but trickily conveys his ironic and multivocal vision and makes his narrator successfully write himself into the text.
  • The concerto demands athletic power from the soloist as he negotiates trickily angular and motoric passages, particularly in the last movement.

trickiness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Smith's technique makes the structural trickiness of the script work - in the hands of a lesser performer, Shakespeare's Will would not be as effective a drama.
  • One of the many marvelous things about American Splendor is that the extraordinary trickiness of the film's structure is truly the only way to tell its story.
  • The conspiracy theorists, however, interpret it as a bit of trickiness.

Words that rhyme with tricky

brickie, Dickie, hickey, icky, mickey, Nicky, picky, quickie, rickey, Rikki, sickie, sticky, Vicky

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