- a trick, artifice, or stratagem meant to fool, trap, or entice; device.
- wiles, artful or beguiling behavior.
- deceitful cunning; trickery.
- to beguile, entice, or lure (usually followed by away, from, into, etc.): The music wiled him from his study.
- wile away, to spend or pass (time), especially in a leisurely or pleasurable fashion: to wile away the long winter nights.
Origin of wile
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Examples from the Web for wiles
Wiles initially denied that he had performed as Mona Sinclair to the Winston-Salem Journal before eventually coming clean.
Eventually though, Wiles was suspended for "conduct unbecoming to a Promoter of the Miss Gay America pageant system."
For Wiles, appearing in Web series has been an enriching experience.Introducing ‘School of Thrones’: ‘Game of Thrones’ Parody Web Series
March 9, 2013
In the race to snatch children from the tightening noose around the Warsaw ghetto, she must use all her wiles.The Female 'Schindler'
April 18, 2009
The neocons and their allies have lost their administration but not their agenda or their wiles.Obama's Sixties Flashback
January 10, 2009
Al. “Hud a phyd,” “The valour of the forward Elphin had recourse to wiles and stratagems.”Y Gododin
But with the captain her wiles were not so readily successful.St. Martin's Summer
Who ever equalled us in all the wiles and schemes of mankind?One Of Them
Charles James Lever
She has wiles and ways which, with her beauty, make her nigh irresistible.'Lord Kilgobbin
But for her and her wiles I had never been married to your father!Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
- trickery, cunning, or craftiness
- (usually plural) an artful or seductive trick or ploy
- (tr) to lure, beguile, or entice
Word Origin and History for wiles
mid-12c., wil "wile, trick," perhaps from Old North French *wile (Old French guile), or directly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse vel "trick, craft, fraud," vela "defraud"). Perhaps ultimately related to Old English wicca "wizard" (see Wicca). Lighter sense of "amorous or playful trick" is from c.1600. Wily is attested from c.1300.