adjective (wilier, wiliest)
- Skilled at gaining an advantage, especially deceitfully: his wily opponentsMore example sentences
shrewd, clever, sharp, sharp-witted, astute, canny, smart; crafty, cunning, artful, sly, scheming, calculating, guileful, disingenuous, devious, Machiavellian; deceitful, deceptive, Janus-faced, dishonest, cheating, double-dealingBritish • informal flyScottish & Northern English • informal pawkyNorth American • informal heads-upSouth African • informal slim• archaic subtle
- He had made one mistake, he had not counted on the skill and determination of his wily opponent.
- I had no idea such cunning and wily interrogation techniques were still permitted in the Western world.
- The scene is now set for a series of double-crosses where the wily Carol emerges as the sharpest operator of them all.
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- But one person's skulduggery is another's wiliness.
- A fiend for organising mega cultural events in college, young Ismail's wiliness and wheedling skills come to the fore in organising mega cultural events in college.
- The success of this programme is largely due to the tremendous support of local employers who have welcomed trainees into their businesses with a wiliness that has truly worked.