noun Etymology: probably alteration of caltrop Date: 1719 1. chiefly Scottish a witch's trick ; spell 2. chiefly British hocus-pocus 2

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  • Cantrip — may refer to mdash;*A magical spell of any kind, or one which reads the same forwards and backwards.In the novel, When Darkness Falls, by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory, a cantrip is used to describe a short (one or two words, or one flick of… …   Wikipedia

  • cantrip — [kan′trip΄] n. [< ?] Chiefly Scot. 1. a magic spell 2. a prank …   English World dictionary

  • Cantrip — Cantrap Can trap, Cantrip Can trip, n. [Cf. Icel. gandar, ODan. & OSw. gan, witchcraft, and E. trap a snare, tramp.] A charm; an incantation; a shell; a trick; adroit mischief. [Written also {cantraip}.] [Scot.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cantrip — /kahn trip/, n. 1. Chiefly Scot. a magic spell; trick by sorcery. 2. Chiefly Brit. artful shamming meant to deceive. [1710 20; appar. dissimilated var. of OE calcatrippe; see CALTROP] * * * …   Universalium

  • cantrip — noun /ˈkæntrɪp/ A spell or incantation; a trifling magic trick. , 1976: For one thing, Ive no intention of distributing cantrips and costly crucifixes to every rapable woman in the Parish of St Magloire. Kyril Bonfiglioli, Something Nasty in the… …   Wiktionary

  • cantrip — n. magic spell, trick by witchcraft (Scottish); sham (British usage) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cantrip — [ kantrɪp] noun Scottish archaic a mischievous or playful act; a trick. Origin C16: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • cantrip — can·trip …   English syllables

  • cantrip — can•trip [[t]ˈkɑn trɪp[/t]] n. 1) scot. Chiefly Scot. a magic spell; trick by sorcery 2) brit. Chiefly Brit. artful shamming meant to deceive • Etymology: 1710–20; appar. dissimilated var. of OE calcatrippe; see caltrop …   From formal English to slang

  • cantrip — /ˈkæntrɪp/ (say kantrip) noun 1. Originally Scottish a spell, as cast by a witch. 2. a piece of mischief. Also, cantrap. {? Gaelic canntaireachd} …   Australian English dictionary

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