• To fool; to cause to believe something untrue; to deceive.
  • To draw (as opposed to blazon - to describe in words).
  • To dress; to decorate; to adorn fantastically; often followed by up, off, or out.



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  • Uncertain.
  • Perhaps from Middle English *trikke, from Old Northern French trique (related to Old French trichier; French: tricher), itself possibly from Middle High German trechen ("to launch a shot at, play a trick on"), but the Old French verb more likely is derived from Vulgar Latin *triccāre, from Late Latin tricāre, from Latin tricor ("behave in an evasive manner, search for detours; trifle, delay").
  • Alternatively, perhaps from Dutch trek ("a pull, draw, trick"), from trekken, from Middle Dutch trekken, treken, from Old Dutch *trekkan, *trekan, from Proto-Germanic *trakjaną, *trekaną, from Proto-Indo-European *dreg- ("to drag, scrape").
  • If the second proposal is correct, the term is cognate with Low German trekken, Middle High German trecken, trechen, Danish trække, and Old Frisian trekka, Romanian truc and other Romance languages.
  • Compare track, treachery, trig, and trigger.

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