[ gahyl-fuh l ]
/ ˈgaɪl fəl /


insidiously cunning; artfully deceptive; wily.

Nearby words

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

Origin of guileful

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at guile, -ful

Related formsguile·ful·ly, adverbguile·ful·ness, nounun·guile·ful, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for guileful



c.1300, from guile + -ful. Nowadays only in poems and dictionaries. Related: Guilefully; guilefulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper