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wily

[wahy-lee] /ˈwaɪ li/
adjective, wilier, wiliest.
1.
full of, marked by, or proceeding from wiles; crafty; cunning.
Origin of wily
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at wile, -y1
Related forms
wilily, adverb
wiliness, noun
overwily, adjective
unwily, adjective
Synonyms
artful, sly, designing, intriguing, tricky, foxy, deceitful, treacherous.
Antonyms
straightforward, open.
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  • I roused my energies, and the next time the wily Beadle summoned me, I went.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • The stratagem of the wily savage was thus perfectly successful.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • It was a time for confidences, and the wily Mrs. Dunn realized that fact.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • In marrying Ben Aboo, the wily Katrina imposed two conditions.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • It was a wily trap he had set me, worthy only of a trickster.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for wily

wily

/ˈwaɪlɪ/
adjective wilier, wiliest
1.
characterized by or proceeding from wiles; sly or crafty
Derived Forms
wiliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wily
adj.

c.1300, from wile + -ly (1). Related: Wiliness.

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