beguile

[ bih-gahyl ]
/ bɪˈgaɪl /

verb (used with object), be·guiled, be·guil·ing.

to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of): to be beguiled of money.
to charm or divert: a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.
to pass (time) pleasantly: beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.

Nearby words

  1. begotten,
  2. begrime,
  3. begrudge,
  4. begrudgery,
  5. begrudgingly,
  6. beguiling,
  7. beguin,
  8. beguine,
  9. beguines,
  10. begum

Origin of beguile

First recorded in 1175–1225, beguile is from the Middle English word bigilen. See be-, guile

Related formsbe·guile·ment, nounbe·guil·er, nounun·be·guiled, adjectiveun·be·guil·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for beguile

beguile

/ (bɪˈɡaɪl) /

verb -guiles, -guiling or -guiled (tr)

to charm; fascinate
to delude; influence by slyness
(often foll by of or out of) to deprive (someone) of something by trickery; cheat (someone) of
to pass pleasantly; while away
Derived Formsbeguilement, nounbeguiler, noun

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Word Origin and History for beguile

beguile

v.

early 13c., from be- + guile (v.). Related: Beguiled; beguiling.

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