wily

[ wahy-lee ]
/ ˈwaɪ li /
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adjective, wil·i·er, wil·i·est.

full of, marked by, or proceeding from wiles; crafty; cunning.

Nearby words

  1. wilton manor,
  2. wilton manors,
  3. wilts,
  4. wiltshire,
  5. wiltshire horn,
  6. wimble,
  7. wimbledon,
  8. wimmin,
  9. wimp,
  10. wimp out

Origin of wily

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at wile, -y1

SYNONYMS FOR wily
ANTONYMS FOR wily

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

/ (ˈwaɪlɪ) /

adjective wilier or wiliest

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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