wile
[wʌɪl]
NOUN
(wiles)
wiles (plural noun)
  1. devious or cunning stratagems employed in manipulating or persuading someone to do what one wants.
    "she didn't employ any feminine wiles to capture his attention" ·
    "the devious wiles of the politicians"
    synonyms:
    tricks · ruses · ploys · schemes · dodges · manoeuvres · gambits ·
    subterfuges · cunning stratagems · artifices · devices · contrivances · guile · artfulness · art · cunning · craftiness
VERB
wiles (third person present) · wiled (past tense) · wiled (past participle) · wiling (present participle)
  1. archaic
    lure; entice.
    "she could be neither driven nor wiled into the parish kirk"
  2. (wile something away)
    another way of saying while something away (see while).
    "the gang had played monopoly as they wiled away the hours"
ORIGIN
Middle English: perhaps from an Old Norse word related to vél ‘craft’.
wile
[wʌɪl]
ADJECTIVE
  1. very bad; terrible.
    "he was wile when he was young"
    • used to emphasize the extent of something, especially something negative.
      "losing the final was a wile blow"
ADVERB
  1. very; extremely.
    "this old boy was wile pleased"
ORIGIN
late 19th century: representing a pronunciation of wild, probably influenced by earlier Scots use of wile as an alteration of vile.
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How to use wile in a sentence?
no fisherman ever played a bonita more carefully or with greater wile.
she didn't employ any feminine wiles to capture his attention.
she could be neither driven nor wiled into the parish kirk.
the gang had played monopoly as they wiled away the hours.
the devious wiles of the politicians.
losing the final was a wile blow.
he was wile when he was young.
this old boy was wile pleased.
How to say wile in other languages?
Laguages Translations
Arabic (NOUN)حيلة
Bangla মতলব
Bosnian (Latin) varati
Bulgarian (NOUN)уловка
Cantonese (Traditional) 詭計
Chinese Simplified 诡计
Chinese Traditional 詭計
Croatian (NOUN)varati, trik
Filipino lalang
Greek (NOUN)πανουργία
Hebrew הונאה
Hindi छलबल
Hungarian (NOUN)csábít
Italian (NOUN)tutelando
Japanese (ADJECTIVE)フェイント, 誘い込む
(NOUN)ワイル
Korean (NOUN)책략
Latvian pievilt
Lithuanian (ADJECTIVE)wie
Malay (Latin) tipu muslihat
Persian میگ
Portuguese (NOUN)artimanha
Romanian (NOUN)viclenie, şiretlic
Russian (ADJECTIVE)заманивать
(NOUN)хитрость
Serbian (Cyrillic) Пера Којот
Serbian (Latin) Pera Kojot
Slovak (NOUN)lest
Slovenian (NOUN)trik
Spanish (NOUN)astucia
Swedish (NOUN)list
Telugu వాలే
Thai ล่อลวง
Tongan mole
Turkish (NOUN)cezbetmek
Urdu حیلہ
Vietnamese mưu chước
Welsh tra bod
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