noun \ˈwī(-ə)l\

Definition of WILE

:  a trick or stratagem intended to ensnare or deceive; also :  a beguiling or playful trick
:  skill in outwitting :  trickery, guile

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


transitive verb

Definition of WILE

:  to lure by or as if by a magic spell :  entice
[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


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