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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.
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Origin of wily

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

OTHER WORDS FROM wily

wil·i·ly, adverbwil·i·ness, nouno·ver·wil·y, adjectiveun·wil·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wily

wily
/ (ˈwaɪlɪ) /

adjective wilier or wiliest
characterized by or proceeding from wiles; sly or crafty

Derived forms of wily

wiliness, noun
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