[ wahyl ]
/ waɪl /
a trick, artifice, or stratagem meant to fool, trap, or entice; device.
wiles, artful or beguiling behavior.
deceitful cunning; trickery.
verb (used with object), wiled, wil·ing.
to beguile, entice, or lure (usually followed by away, from, into, etc.): The music wiled him from his study.
wile away, to spend or pass (time), especially in a leisurely or pleasurable fashion: to wile away the long winter nights.
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Origin of wile
1125–75; (noun) Middle English; late Old English wil, perhaps < Old Norse vēl artifice, earlier *wihl-
OTHER WORDS FROM wileout·wile, verb (used with object), out·wiled, out·wil·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for outwile
/ (waɪl) /
trickery, cunning, or craftiness
(usually plural) an artful or seductive trick or ploy
(tr) to lure, beguile, or entice
Word Origin for wile
C12: from Old Norse vel craft; probably related to Old French wīle, Old English wīgle magic. See guile
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