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wile

[ wahyl ]
/ waɪl /
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noun

a trick, artifice, or stratagem meant to fool, trap, or entice; device.
wiles, artful or beguiling behavior.
deceitful cunning; trickery.

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

to beguile, entice, or lure (usually followed by away, from, into, etc.): The music wiled him from his study.

Verb Phrases

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

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Origin of wile

1125–75; (noun) Middle English; late Old English wil, perhaps <Old Norse vēl artifice, earlier *wihl-
1, 2. See trick.
outwile, verb (used with object), out·wiled, out·wil·ing.
while, wile
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British Dictionary definitions for wile

wile
/ (waɪl) /

noun

trickery, cunning, or craftiness
(usually plural) an artful or seductive trick or ploy

verb

(tr) to lure, beguile, or entice
C12: from Old Norse vel craft; probably related to Old French wīle, Old English wīgle magic. See guile
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