tricky

If something is tricky, it's difficult, like a tricky puzzle. And if a person is tricky, they're sneaky, skilled, or crafty, like a tricky magician who makes it look easy to pull quarters out of your ears.

A tricky riddle is extremely hard to figure out, and a tricky question on a math test is even trickier if you can't use a calculator to solve it. In their 1986 rap classic, "It's Tricky," Run-DMC claimed that "it's tricky...to rock a rhyme that's right on time" — or in other words, it's really difficult to write a clever rap lyric.

Primary Meanings of tricky

1.
adj
having concealed difficulty
2.
adj
marked by skill in deception
Full Definitions of tricky
1

adj having concealed difficulty

“a tricky recipe to follow”
Synonyms:
catchy
difficult, hard
not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
2

adj marked by skill in deception

tricky Dick”
Synonyms:
crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, wily
artful
marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft

adj not to be trusted

Synonyms:
slippery
untrustworthy, untrusty
not worthy of trust or belief

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