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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)

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.

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."