guile

[ gahyl ]
/ gaɪl /

noun

insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.

Nearby words

  1. guildhall,
  2. guilds,
  3. guildship,
  4. guildsman,
  5. guildswoman,
  6. guileful,
  7. guilefully,
  8. guileless,
  9. guilelessly,
  10. guilford

Origin of guile

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Germanic; akin to wile

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British Dictionary definitions for guile

guile

/ (ɡaɪl) /

noun

clever or crafty character or behaviour
Derived Formsguileful, adjectiveguilefully, adverbguilefulness, noun

Word Origin for guile

C18: from Old French guile, of Germanic origin; see wile

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Word Origin and History for guile

guile

n.

mid-12c., from Old French guile "deceit, wile, fraud, ruse, trickery," from Frankish *wigila "trick, ruse" or a related Germanic source (cf. Old Frisian wigila "sorcery, witchcraft," Old English wil "trick;" see wile).

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