An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (arduous)
a. difícil
Last night's homework was tricky. It took me three hours to finish.La tarea de anoche fue difícil, me tomó tres horas terminarla.
b. complicado
He was such a good storyteller that he made it tricky to distinguish fiction from reality.Era un narrador tan bueno que hizo complicado distinguir la ficción de la realidad.
2. (sensitive)
a. delicado
It was a tricky situation trying to determine the terms of the peace treaty.Fue una situación delicada tratar de determinar los términos del tratado de paz.
3. (devious)
a. astuto
The witness got confused by the lawyer's tricky questions.El testigo se confundió por las preguntas astutas del abogado.
b. taimado
The tricky card dealer helped the poker player to cheat.El taimado repartidor de cartas ayudó al jugador de póquer a hacer trampas.
c. mañoso
Regionalism used in Bolivia
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in the Dominican Republic
(Dominican Republic)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
Carlos is a tricky character. I wouldn't trust him.Carlos es muy mañoso; yo no me fiaría de él.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (task, situation, subject)
a. delicado(a)
2. (question)
a. difícil
3. (colloquial)
he's a tricky customeres un elemento de cuidado or un pájaro (de cuenta)
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tricky [ˈtrɪkɪ]
trickier (comparative)trickiest (superlative)
1 [+situation] complicado; difícil; [+problem] delicado
it's all rather tricky es un poco complicado; es un tanto difícil
2 [+person] (sly) tramposo; ladino; (difficult) difícil
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