[ vahyl ]
/ vaɪl /

adjective, vil·er, vil·est.

Origin of vile

1250–1300; Middle English vil < Old French < Latin vīlis of little worth, base, cheap


1 See mean2.
3 repellent.
4 vicious, evil, iniquitous.
5 vulgar, obscene.
9, 10 contemptible.
10 trivial, trifling.

Related forms

vile·ly, adverbvile·ness, noun

Can be confused

vial vile viol Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vile

British Dictionary definitions for vile


/ (vaɪl) /


abominably wicked; shameful or evilthe vile development of slavery appalled them
morally despicable; ignoblevile accusations
disgusting to the senses or emotions; foula vile smell; vile epithets
tending to humiliate or degradeonly slaves would perform such vile tasks
unpleasant or badvile weather
paltrya vile reward

Derived Forms

vilely, adverbvileness, noun

Word Origin for vile

C13: from Old French vil, from Latin vīlis cheap
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