[ wahyl ]
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  1. a trick, artifice, or stratagem meant to fool, trap, or entice; device.

  2. wiles, artful or beguiling behavior.

  1. deceitful cunning; trickery.

verb (used with object),wiled, wil·ing.
  1. to beguile, entice, or lure (usually followed by away, from, into, etc.): The music wiled him from his study.

Verb Phrases
  1. wile away, to spend or pass (time), especially in a leisurely or pleasurable fashion: to wile away the long winter nights.

Origin of wile

1125–75; (noun) Middle English; late Old English wil, perhaps <Old Norse vēl artifice, earlier *wihl-

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1, 2. See trick.

Other words for wile

Other words from wile

  • outwile, verb (used with object), out·wiled, out·wil·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for wile


/ (waɪl) /

  1. trickery, cunning, or craftiness

  2. (usually plural) an artful or seductive trick or ploy

  1. (tr) to lure, beguile, or entice

Origin of wile

C12: from Old Norse vel craft; probably related to Old French wīle, Old English wīgle magic. See guile

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