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.
- outwile, verb (used with object), out·wiled, out·wil·ing.
- while, wile
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How to use wile in a sentence
Our conversation ranged from the tobacco industry’s wiles to social media’s complicity in bad data.Why Misinformation Is About Who You Trust, Not What You Think - Issue 100: Outsiders | Brian Gallagher & Kevin Berger | May 26, 2021 | Nautilus
She’s strong, bold, clever, and raids tombs with all the wiles of Indiana Jones.Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon is a sumptuous fantasy — but it makes a mess of Southeast Asian culture | Aja Romano | March 5, 2021 | Vox
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 | THE 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.
With all the wile of a political boss she spread the seed of discontent, trusting it would fall on fertile soil.Dominie Dean | Ellis Parker Butler
He told Auld Jock so by running to the door and back and begging him, by every pretty wile at his command, to go.Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
Sapho calls Aphrodite the "star-throned, incorruptible, wile-weaving child of Zeus."Stories of Old Greece and Rome | Emilie Kip Baker
Ac nu ic wile wnden to e hali mihtes al swo ich r hadde iunnen be godes fultume.
Ine swiche lorde et siche miracle mai do and do wanne he wile.
British Dictionary definitions for wile
trickery, cunning, or craftiness
(usually plural) an artful or seductive trick or ploy
(tr) to lure, beguile, or entice
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