noun \ˈgī(-ə)l\

: the use of clever and usually dishonest methods to achieve something

Full Definition of GUILE

:  deceitful cunning :  duplicity
obsolete :  stratagem, trick
guile·ful \-fəl\ adjective
guile·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
guile·ful·ness noun

Examples of GUILE

  1. <a shady salesman who usually relies on a combination of quick thinking and guile>
  2. <a person so full of guile he can't even be trusted to give you the correct time of day>
  3. By the end of Liebling's dispatch, Mollie has become a mythic figure invulnerable to death, capable of great feats of courage and guile, and able to transform himself into any human type for the purposes of disguise. —Lee Siegel, Harper's, December 2004

Origin of GUILE

Middle English gile, from Anglo-French, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old English wigle divination — more at witch
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with GUILE

GUILEFULLY Defined for Kids


noun \ˈgīl\

Definition of GUILE for Kids

:  the use of clever and often dishonest methods


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