trickster

Someone who likes to play jokes or tell fibs is a trickster. If you're a trickster, your favorite holiday is probably April Fools' Day.

While we commonly use the noun trickster for anyone who plays pranks or cons you out of a dollar, the trickster is also a classic character in mythology and folklore. These trickster figures are usually smart and canny rule breakers. In Greek mythology, Hermes is often seen as a trickster, and in West African stories, a spider named Anansi is the epitome of the trickster.

Definitions of trickster
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n someone who plays practical jokes on others

Synonyms:
cut-up, hoaxer, practical joker, prankster, tricker
Type of:
bad hat, mischief-maker, trouble maker, troublemaker, troubler
someone who deliberately stirs up trouble

n someone who leads you to believe something that is not true

Synonyms:
beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker
Types:
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bluffer, four-flusher
a person who tries to bluff other people
chiseler, chiseller, defrauder, gouger, grifter, scammer, swindler
a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud
decoy, steerer
a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)
dodger, fox, slyboots
a shifty deceptive person
betrayer, double-crosser, double-dealer, traitor, two-timer
a person who says one thing and does another
defalcator, embezzler, peculator
someone who violates a trust by taking (money) for his own use
falsifier
someone who falsifies
finagler, wangler
a deceiver who uses crafty misleading methods
counterfeiter, forger
someone who makes copies illegally
fortune hunter
a person who seeks wealth through marriage
figurehead, front, front man, nominal head, straw man, strawman
a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
dissembler, dissimulator, hypocrite, phoney, phony, pretender
a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
imitator, impersonator
someone who (fraudulently) assumes the appearance of another
fake, faker, fraud, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, pseudo, role player, sham, shammer
a person who makes deceitful pretenses
liar, prevaricator
a person who has lied or who lies repeatedly
misleader
someone who leads astray (often deliberately)
charlatan, mountebank
a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes
obscurantist
a person who is deliberately vague
sandbagger
someone who deceives you about his true nature or intent in order to take advantage of you
two-timer
someone who deceives a lover or spouse by carrying on a sexual relationship with somebody else
utterer
someone who circulates forged banknotes or counterfeit coins
card shark, card sharp, card sharper, cardsharp, cardsharper, sharper, sharpie, sharpy
a professional card player who makes a living by cheating at card games
clip artist
a swindler who fleeces the victim
coiner
a maker of counterfeit coins
con artist, con man, confidence man
a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victim
Judas
someone who betrays under the guise of friendship
mimic, mimicker
someone who mimics (especially an actor or actress)
name dropper
someone who pretends that famous people are his/her friends
paperhanger
someone who passes bad checks or counterfeit paper money
false witness, perjurer
a person who deliberately gives false testimony
craniologist, phrenologist
someone who claims to be able to read your character from the shape of your skull
quack
an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice
ringer
a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses
roper
a decoy who lures customers into a gambling establishment (especially one with a fixed game)
shill
a decoy who acts as an enthusiastic customer in order to stimulate the participation of others
charmer, smoothie, smoothy, sweet talker
someone with an assured and ingratiating manner
fabricator, fibber, storyteller
someone who tells lies
Tartufe, Tartuffe
a hypocrite who pretends to religious piety (after the protagonist in a play by Moliere)
welcher, welsher
someone who swindles you by not repaying a debt or wager
whited sepulcher, whited sepulchre
a person who is inwardly evil but outwardly professes to be virtuous
Type of:
offender, wrongdoer
a person who transgresses moral or civil law

n a mischievous supernatural being found in the folklore of many primitive people; sometimes distinguished by prodigious biological drives and exaggerated bodily parts

Type of:
spiritual being, supernatural being
an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events

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