- full of, marked by, or proceeding from wiles; crafty; cunning.
Origin of wily
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artful, sly, designing, intriguing, tricky, foxy, deceitful, treacherous.
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Examples from the Web for wilily
The enfants terrible had wilily caught his lordship in the corridor, and made their own terms.
Wilily and patiently he goes to work to make his own foundation sure first of all.Concerning Animals and Other Matters
E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
I inquired, wilily, hoping the answer would give me some clew to his acquaintance with her.The First Violin
- characterized by or proceeding from wiles; sly or crafty
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Word Origin and History for wilily
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