Synonyms of tricky
1 difficultDictionary • This could be a very tricky problem.
difficult • It was a very difficult decision to make.
sensitive • Employment is a very sensitive issue.
complicated • The situation in Lebanon is very complicated.
delicate • the delicate issue of adoption
risky • It is a very risky business.
sticky (informal) • He found himself in a not inconsiderably sticky situation.
problematic • the problematic business of running an economy
thorny • the thorny issue of immigration policy
knotty • The new management team faces some knotty problems.
dicey (informal) • a dicey moment during a risky climb up the cliff
ticklish • the ticklish question of the future of the EU
2 craftyDictionary • They could encounter some tricky political manoeuvring.
crafty • That crafty old devil had taken us all for a ride.
scheming • a cold, scheming villain
subtle • He is a subtle character, you know.
cunning • He's a cunning, devious, good-for-nothing so-and-so.
slippery • a slippery customer
sly • She is devious, sly and manipulative.
devious • She tracked down the other woman by devious means.
wily • He is an experienced and wily old statesman.
artful • the smiles and artifices of a subtly artful woman
foxy • He had wary, foxy eyes.
, dinkum (Australian, New Zealand, informal)
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artfulIf you describe someone as artful, you mean that they are clever and skilful at achieving what they want, especially by deceiving people.
• the smiles and artifices of a subtly artful woman
complicatedIf you say that something is complicated, you mean it has so many parts or aspects that it is difficult to understand or deal with.
• The situation in Lebanon is very complicated.
craftyIf you describe someone as crafty, you mean that they achieve what they want in a clever way, often by deceiving people.
• That crafty old devil had taken us all for a ride.
Thesaurus for tricky from the Collins English Thesaurus