Definition of "wily" []

  • Full of wiles; cunning. (adjective)
  • Characterized by or proceeding from wiles; sly or crafty (adjective)

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Use "wily" in a sentence
  • "The president is known as a wily politician with a long history of outsmarting political opponents."
  • "On the field, Sócrates was known as a wily strategist who could elegantly employ his signature move, a back-heel pass."
  • "Perhaps it was his looks - it seemed impossible for any profile of him not to describe him as "wily" - but he projected a sense of profound wisdom, and he was a skilled enough magic man to coax six goals out of Milan Baros in Euro 2004."