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wily

[wahy-lee]
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adjective, wil·i·er, wil·i·est.
  1. full of, marked by, or proceeding from wiles; crafty; cunning.
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Origin of wily

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at wile, -y1
Related formswil·i·ly, adverbwil·i·ness, nouno·ver·wil·y, adjectiveun·wil·y, adjective

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Examples from the Web for wilier

Historical Examples

  • As we laid her 'neath the wilier on the banks o' Turkey Run.

    Oklahoma and Other Poems

    Freeman E. Miller

  • De Courcy failed, but the De Burghs were wilier and more successful.

  • But he emerged a better and wilier bandit than before, to embark upon a career that made his former life seem tame.

  • I have seen women steeped in trickery; the wilier they were the more love surrounded them.

    Woman

    Magdeleine Marx


British Dictionary definitions for wilier

wily

adjective wilier or wiliest
  1. characterized by or proceeding from wiles; sly or crafty
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Derived Formswiliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wilier

wily

adj.

c.1300, from wile + -ly (1). Related: Wiliness.

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