tricky Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “tricky” in the English Dictionary

"tricky" in British English

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trickyadjective

uk   us   /ˈtrɪk.i/

tricky adjective (DIFFICULT)

B2 If a ​piece of ​work or ​problem is tricky, it is ​difficult to ​deal with and ​needscarefulattention or ​skill: It's tricky tolearn to ​ride a ​skateboard, but you never ​forget how. I'm in a tricky ​situation - whatever I do I'll ​offend someone.
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tricky adjective (DISHONEST)

old-fashioned likely to ​deceivepeople: He's a tricky one.
(Definition of tricky from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tricky" in American English

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trickyadjective

 us   /ˈtrɪk·i/

tricky adjective (DIFFICULT)

(of a ​piece of ​work or a ​problem) ​difficult to ​deal with and ​needingcarefulattention or ​skill: Removing ​scartissue can be a very tricky ​operation.

tricky adjective (DECEIVING)

likely to ​deceivepeople: He’s a tricky ​fellow – you can’t always ​trust him.
(Definition of tricky from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tricky”
in Arabic صَعْب…
in Korean 어려운…
in Portuguese delicado, difícil, complicado…
in Catalan difícil, complicat…
in Japanese 難しい, 扱いにくい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 困难的, 难办的, 难对付的…
in Turkish zor, güç, uğraşılması zor…
in Russian сложный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 困難的, 難辦的, 難對付的…
in Italian difficile, complicato…
in Polish trudny, skomplikowany…
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