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Definition of "wile" []

  • A stratagem or trick intended to deceive or ensnare. (noun)
  • A disarming or seductive manner, device, or procedure: the wiles of a skilled negotiator. (noun)
  • Trickery; cunning. (noun)
  • To influence or lead by means of wiles; entice. (verb-transitive)
  • To pass (time) agreeably: wile away a Sunday afternoon. (verb-transitive)
  • Trickery, cunning, or craftiness (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An artful or seductive trick or ploy (noun)
  • To lure, beguile, or entice (verb)

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Use "wile" in a sentence
  • "  I see the only way I'm going to get through this is to do what I used to call the wile-aways."
  • "I see the only way I'm going to get through this is to do what I used to call the wile-aways."
  • "As for the song itself, when it gets going (i.e. after a warm-up of thirty of your seconds that I feel are unnecessarily long and thirty-secondish), it is very, very pleasant indeed, even though I do not know what 'wile' means."