[ bih-gahyl ]
See synonyms for: beguilebeguiledbeguilesbeguiling on

verb (used with object),be·guiled, be·guil·ing.
  1. to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.

  2. to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of): to be beguiled of money.

  1. to charm or divert: a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.

  2. to pass (time) pleasantly: beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.

Origin of beguile

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

Other words for beguile

Other words from beguile

  • be·guile·ment, noun
  • be·guil·er, noun
  • un·be·guiled, adjective
  • un·be·guil·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use beguile in a sentence

  • Then followed much similar feminine beguilement; the faculty for which seems to be rather increased by the Jordan bath.

  • "Don't go," said Esther, in a conventional prettiness, but no such beguilement as she had wafted through the telephone.

    The Prisoner | Alice Brown
  • The few sous spent upon such beguilement of long winter nights were most likely economized by some little deprivation.

    East of Paris | Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • In any case they must be taken for what they are: a beguilement of lone moments of leisure.

    Monumental Java | J. F. Scheltema
  • How abounding in beguilement are all his words, like lovers' sidelong glances, and honey of Hybla to the tongue!

    The Last Miracle | M. P. Shiel

British Dictionary definitions for beguile


/ (bɪˈɡaɪl) /

verb-guiles, -guiling or -guiled (tr)
  1. to charm; fascinate

  2. to delude; influence by slyness

  1. (often foll by of or out of) to deprive (someone) of something by trickery; cheat (someone) of

  2. to pass pleasantly; while away

Derived forms of beguile

  • beguilement, noun
  • beguiler, noun

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