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Webster 1913 Edition


Wile

Wile

,
Noun.
[OE.
wile
, AS.
wīl
; cf. Icel.
v[GREEK]l
,
væl
. Cf.
Guile
.]
A trick or stratagem practiced for insnaring or deception; a sly, insidious; artifice; a beguilement; an allurement.
Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the
wiles
of the devil.
Eph. vi. 11.
Not more almighty to resist our might,
Than wise to frustrate all our plots and
wiles
.
Milton.

Wile

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To practice artifice upon; to deceive; to beguile; to allure.
[R.]
Spenser.
2.
To draw or turn away, as by diversion; to while or while away; to cause to pass pleasantly.
Tennyson.

Webster 1828 Edition


Wile

WILE

,
Noun.
A trick or stratagem practiced for ensnaring or deception; a sly, insidious artifice.
That ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6.

WILE

,
Verb.
T.
To deceive; to beguile. [Little used.]

Definition 2021


Wile

Wile

See also: wile and wíle

English

Proper noun

Wile

  1. A surname.
  2. (rare) A male given name transferred from the surname.

Related terms

wile

wile

See also: Wile and wíle

English

Noun

wile (plural wiles)

  1. (usually in the plural) A trick or stratagem practiced for ensnaring or deception; a sly, insidious artifice
    He was seduced by her wiles.
    • Milton
      to frustrate all our plots and wiles

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Related terms

Translations

Verb

wile (third-person singular simple present wiles, present participle wiling, simple past and past participle wiled)

  1. To entice or lure
  2. Archaic form of while, "to pass the time".
    Here's a pleasant way to wile away the hours.

Usage notes

The phrase meaning to pass time idly is while away. We can trace the meaning in an adjectival sense for while back to Old English, hwīlen passing, transitory. We also see it in the whilend temporary, transitory. But since wile away occurs so often, it is now included in many dictionaries.

References


Mapudungun

Noun

wile (using Raguileo Alphabet)

  1. tomorrow

Synonyms

References

  • Wixaleyiñ: Mapucezugun-wigkazugun pici hemvlcijka (Wixaleyiñ: Small Mapudungun-Spanish dictionary), Beretta, Marta; Cañumil, Dario; Cañumil, Tulio, 2008.

Middle English

Etymology

From Old English wīl, wiġle (wile, trick), cognate with Old Norse vél (artifice, craft).

Noun

wile

  1. wile, trick, artifice
  2. a sorcerer

Derived terms

Descendants