- a trick, artifice, or stratagem meant to fool, trap, or entice; device.
- wiles, artful or beguiling behavior.
- deceitful cunning; trickery.
- 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.
Origin of wile
Synonyms for wile
- trickery, cunning, or craftiness
- (usually plural) an artful or seductive trick or ploy
- (tr) to lure, beguile, or entice
Word Origin for wile
mid-12c., wil "wile, trick," perhaps from Old North French *wile (Old French guile), or directly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse vel "trick, craft, fraud," vela "defraud"). Perhaps ultimately related to Old English wicca "wizard" (see Wicca). Lighter sense of "amorous or playful trick" is from c.1600. Wily is attested from c.1300.