wile mid-12c., wil "wile, trick," perhaps from O.N.Fr. *wile (O.Fr. guile), or directly from a Scandinavian source (Cf. O.N. vel "trick, craft, fraud," vela "defraud"). Perhaps ultimately related to O.E. wicca "wizard" (see WICCA (Cf. Wicca)). Lighter sense of "amorous or playful trick" is from c.1600. Wily is attested from c.1300.

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  • Wile — Wile, n. [OE. wile, AS. w[=i]l; cf. Icel. v?l, v[ae]l. Cf. {Guile}.] A trick or stratagem practiced for insnaring or deception; a sly, insidious; artifice; a beguilement; an allurement. [1913 Webster] Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Wile — Wile, v. t. 1. To practice artifice upon; to deceive; to beguile; to allure. [R.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To draw or turn away, as by diversion; to while or while away; to cause to pass pleasantly. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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