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

Origin of wily

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

Other words for wily

Opposites for wily

Other words from wily

  • wil·i·ly, adverb
  • wil·i·ness, noun
  • o·ver·wil·y, adjective
  • un·wil·y, adjective

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How to use wily in a sentence

  • For them Major Forsyth had the double advantage of a wiliness gained in the turmoil of the world and an upright character.

    The Hero | William Somerset Maugham
  • I will watch with the wiliness of a snake, that I may sting with its venom.

    Frankenstein | Mary W. Shelley

British Dictionary definitions for wily


/ (ˈwaɪlɪ) /

adjectivewilier or wiliest
  1. characterized by or proceeding from wiles; sly or crafty

Derived forms of wily

  • wiliness, noun

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