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Definition of "trickster" [trick•ster]

  • One that swindles or plays tricks. (noun)
  • A mischievous or roguish figure in myth or folklore, often an animal, who typically makes up for physical weakness with cunning and subversive humor. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "trickster" in a sentence
  • "But the trickster is willing to become the prince of thieves in order to get power among the gods."
  • "The deadly trickster is for rogues and maybe rangers, basically some luck powers."
  • "Lévi-Strauss’s argument hinges on two facts about the Native American trickster: (1) the trickster has a contradictory and unpredictable personality; (2) the trickster is almost always a raven or a coyote."