Definition of wile in English:

wile

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Pronunciation: /wʌɪl
 
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noun

(wiles)

verb

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  • 1 archaic Lure; entice: she could be neither driven nor wiled into the parish kirk
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    • If I were trapped in repressive, anti-literate society in which books were banned, I think my best bet for memorisation ought to be Machiavelli's The Prince, the better to wile my way to the top.
    • Mike Upchat was not his real name, of course, and no one ever found out what this was; it was also not the only pseudonym he would employ in his schemes to wile his way into a woman's bed.
  • 2 (wile something away) another way of saying while something away. the gang had played monopoly as they wiled away the hours See while.
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    • Known for disaffected characters who wile their lives away in seedy Bronx watering holes, Shanley's plays are populated with monologues and dialogues that have been mined for years by young acting students.
    • He tempers this hobby by wiling away the days with his loser friends, and the nights catching lightning bugs.
    • And although I wiled away many hours turning the opposition to toast and liberally covering them in butter, I still logged quite a few hours with the single-player game - playing through it a couple of times.

Origin

Middle English: perhaps from an Old Norse word related to vél 'craft'.

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