wily

[wahy-lee]

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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British Dictionary definitions for wilily

wily

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

wily

adj.

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

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