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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.

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.


Wile \Wile\, v. t.

  1. To practice artifice upon; to deceive; to beguile; to allure. [R.]

  2. To draw or turn away, as by diversion; to while or while away; to cause to pass pleasantly.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late Old English, wil "stratagem, trick, sly artifice," perhaps from Old North French *wile (Old French guile), or directly from a Scandinavian source (compare Old Norse vel "trick, craft, fraud," vela "defraud"). Perhaps ultimately related to Old English wicca "wizard" (see Wicca). Lighter sense of "amorous or playful trick" is from c.1600.


late 14c., "to deceive," from wile (n.). Related: Wiled; wiling. Sense of "cause (time, etc.) to pass pleasantly, divert attention pleasantly" is by 1796, from confusion with while (v.).


n. (context usually in the plural English) A trick or stratagem practiced for ensnaring or deception; a sly, insidious artifice vb. 1 To entice or lure 2 (archaic form of while nodot=yes English), "to pass the time".


n. the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them) [syn: trickery, chicanery, chicane, guile, shenanigan]


WILE may refer to:

  • WILE (AM), a radio station (1270 AM) licensed to Cambridge, Ohio, United States
  • WILE-FM, a radio station (97.7 FM) licensed to Byesville, Ohio, United States

WILE (1270 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Sports radio format. Licensed to Cambridge, Ohio, USA, the station is currently owned by Avc Communications and features programming from ESPN Radio and Fox News Radio.

Programming is simulcast on FM translator W300CB broadcasting at 107.9 FM.

Usage examples of "wile".

And childe Leopold did up his beaver for to pleasure him and took apertly somewhat in amity for he never drank no manner of mead which he then put by and anon full privily he voided the more part in his neighbour glass and his neighbour nist not of this wile.

And Vasquez laboured with all his might and arts and wiles to draw Rubio out of Aragon into the clutches of the justice of Castile.

I laughed internally at her wiles, for after my experiences at Grenoble she would have found it a hard task to arouse my desires if she had been as pretty as she was ugly.

Temujin felt inward qualms and sought to warn his young comrade to be on guard against the wiles of the woman, but Kirin acted rather like one in a daze and seemed not to hear.

A flash crossed my mind, but I could gain nothing, even with my most dexterous wiles, from the little Dacre, who is a most unmanageable heroine.

For reasons only Valis might ever understand, Billy Wiles had been identified, researched, and chosen for this performance.

Are there eligible people in the League who would be wiling to volunteer for such service?

It is not for an artless and uninstructed shepherdess to defeat my wiles and baffle all my incitements.

He was good to look on, brawly dressed, and with a tongue in his head that would have wiled the bird from the tree.

Her visual wiles might not have gotten much notice from the Medusan, but other signals were coming through loud and clear.

In raising and crooking his arm to imitate the dog, the chevalier exposed his hand to his cunning neighbor, who wanted to see if he had Mistigris or the trump,--a first wile to which he succumbed.

Yet here I am, my mouth gummy with matzos and my lap filled with crumbs from the bread of afflictionand the always friendly Joe Lieberman is testing my faith in my reportorial wiles.

If there is a charlatan or a chiseler among them, then he has certainly evaded my reportorial wiles.

Through all temptation, and the Tempter foiled In all his wiles, defeated and repulsed, And Eden raised in the waste Wilderness.

Thy witty wiles to draw, and get The lark into the trammel net: Thou hast thy cockrood, and thy glade To take the precious pheasant made: Thy lime-twigs, snares, and pit-falls then To catch the pilfering birds, not men.