verb (used with object), wiled, wil·ing.
Origin of wile
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|Vikram Mansharamani|November 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
To accomplish this goal, Netanyahu used a simple chart that looked like a Wile E. Coyote bomb.
Like Wile E. Coyote, they will keep running until everyone else recognizes that there is no ground beneath their feet.
Peter Cauchon's face, at once striking and repulsive, betokens a mixture of audacity, wile and extraordinary stubbornness.The Executioner's Knife|Eugne Sue
The things might have been alive and spiteful, so persistently did they elude every wile.Ralph Denham's Adventures in Burma|George Norway
Gilbert feared that this might be a wile; he replied that he was at her disposition, but he must bethink himself.
Every wile would be employed; but publicity was no part of the game—Orme began really to believe that.The Girl and The Bill|Bannister Merwin
When they paid their checks they wooed her with every wile known to Cupid's art.Strictly Business|O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for wile
Word Origin for wile
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.