Meaning of “tricky” in the English Dictionary

"tricky" in British English

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trickyadjective

uk /ˈtrɪk.i/ us /ˈtrɪk.i/

tricky adjective (DIFFICULT)

B2 If a piece of work or problem is tricky, it is difficult to deal with and needs careful attention or skill:

It's tricky to learn 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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  • The company's had some tricky problems to negotiate in its first year in business.
  • The Director of Studies tied me up in knots by asking tricky questions.
  • He has a deft touch with tricky painting jobs.
  • She's very easily offended, so working with her can be a bit tricky.
  • The switch is a bit tricky to reach.

(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 needing careful attention or skill:

Removing scar tissue can be a very tricky operation.

tricky adjective (DECEIVING)

likely to deceive people:

He’s a tricky fellow – you can’t always trust him.

(Definition of “tricky” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)