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1wile

noun \ˈwī(-ə)l\

Definition of WILE

1
:  a trick or stratagem intended to ensnare or deceive; also :  a beguiling or playful trick
2
:  skill in outwitting :  trickery, guile
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Examples of WILE

  1. <had to use all of her wiles to convince her guests to stay for dinner>
  2. <it took both wile and cajolery to talk him into it>

Origin of WILE

Middle English wil, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse vēl deceit, artifice
First Known Use: 12th century

Synonym Discussion of WILE

trick, ruse, stratagem, maneuver, artifice, wile, feint mean an indirect means to gain an end. trick may imply deception, roguishness, illusion, and either an evil or harmless end <the tricks of the trade>. ruse stresses an attempt to mislead by a false impression <the ruses of smugglers>. stratagem implies a ruse used to entrap, outwit, circumvent, or surprise an opponent or enemy <the stratagem-filled game>. maneuver suggests adroit and skillful avoidance of difficulty <last-minute maneuvers to avert bankruptcy>. artifice implies ingenious contrivance or invention <the clever artifices of the stage>. wile suggests an attempt to entrap or deceive with false allurements <used all of his wiles to ingratiate himself>. feint implies a diversion or distraction of attention away from one's real intent <a feint toward the enemy's left flank>.

2wile

verb
wiledwil·ing

Definition of WILE

transitive verb
1
:  to lure by or as if by a magic spell :  entice
2
[by alteration] :  while

Examples of WILE

  1. <her stories of the Old South could wile anyone>

First Known Use of WILE

14th century

Rhymes with WILE

WILE Defined for Kids

1wile

noun \ˈwīl\

Definition of WILE for Kids

:  a trick meant to trap or deceive

2wile

verb
wiledwil·ing

Definition of WILE for Kids

:  2lure

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