- 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
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Related Wordsstratagem, guile, artfulness, scam, twist, device, artifice, racket, gimmick, fraud, plot, cheating, deception, trickery, dishonesty, ploy, dodge, maneuver, lure, slant
Examples from the Web for wile
Wile E. Coyote is running after the Road Runner and eventually finds he has run off a cliff.Vancouver Real-Estate Market Unlikely Victim of China Slowdown
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To accomplish this goal, Netanyahu used a simple chart that looked like a Wile E. Coyote bomb.How Bibi Messed Up His Bomb Chart
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Like Wile E. Coyote, they will keep running until everyone else recognizes that there is no ground beneath their feet.The End of TV Campaign Ads?
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Now, by some pretext, by some wile, he must live to see her once more.Way of the Lawless
Without a double of any kind,—a creature that does not know a wile or a stratagem!Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
But I had rather she had more earthliness and wile than be the pawn of Venice.The Royal Pawn of Venice
Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull
When every other wile had been tried in vain, he got Archie to propose a game with forfeits.Eight Cousins
Louisa M. Alcott
She would be possessed of every art and wile of the women of her trade.The Heart of Unaga
- trickery, cunning, or craftiness
- (usually plural) an artful or seductive trick or ploy
- (tr) to lure, beguile, or entice
Word Origin and History 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.