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guileful

[gahyl-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. insidiously cunning; artfully deceptive; wily.
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Origin of guileful

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at guile, -ful
Related formsguile·ful·ly, adverbguile·ful·ness, nounun·guile·ful, adjective
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Examples from the Web for guileful

Historical Examples

  • Why,” he added, with guileful simplicity, “you were wearing that very suit you have on now.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • He had been soundly schooled by his guileful Sicilian mother.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • He used every guileful ruse to cheat time of his determined moment.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1

    Compton Mackenzie

  • He was the son of Bolverk, the son of Eyjolf the guileful, of Otterdale.

  • It seemed as if it could not be very deep or guileful, it was so frankly expressed.

    The Frontiersmen

    Charles Egbert Craddock


Word Origin and History for guileful

adj.

c.1300, from guile + -ful. Nowadays only in poems and dictionaries. Related: Guilefully; guilefulness.

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