Definition of wily in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwīlē/

adjective (wilier, wiliest)

Skilled at gaining an advantage, especially deceitfully: his wily opponents
More example sentences
  • 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.
shrewd, clever, sharp, sharp-witted, astute, canny, smart;
crafty, cunning, artful, sly, scheming, calculating, devious
informal clueful, tricky, foxy
archaic subtle



Pronunciation: /ˈwīlilē/
Example sentences
  • Whereupon the Apprentice Wizard wilily watched the wily Master Wizard for a while and after that while whispered wonderingly, ‘Is that all it means, oh wise and wonderful Sir?’


Pronunciation: /ˈwīlēnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with wily

drily, kylie, Riley, shyly, slyly, smiley, Smily, wryly

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Syllabification: wil·y

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