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wile

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noun \ˈwī(-ə)l\

Definition of wile

  1. 1 :  a trick or stratagem intended to ensnare or deceive; also :  a beguiling or playful trick

  2. 2 :  skill in outwitting :  trickery, guile

Examples of wile in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of wile

Middle English wil, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse vēl deceit, artifice

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

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wile

verb

Definition of wile

wiled

;

wiling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lure by or as if by a magic spell :  entice

  3. 2 [by alteration] :  while

Examples of wile in a Sentence

  1. her stories of the Old South could wile anyone

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First Known Use of wile

14th century


WILE Defined for Kids

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wile

play
noun \ˈwīl\

Definition of wile for Students

  1. :  a trick meant to trap or deceive


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wile

play
verb

Definition of wile for Students

wiled

;

wiling

  1. :  2lure



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