Definition Of wile


another way of saying while something away (see while).

devious or cunning stratagems employed in manipulating or persuading someone to do what one wants.

It is the Africans who are moving, shifting, thinking, plotting, and therefore digging their own entrenchment in this land upon which so many others have, through wiles and stratagems of their own, entrenched themselves here.

lure; entice.

she could be neither driven nor wiled into the parish kirk

very bad; terrible.

he was wile when he was young

very; extremely.

this old boy was wile pleased

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Example Of wile

  • At the end of the night the beautiful maiden is trying to set up her handmaiden with a young burly blacksmith so she distracts the young guard with her feminine wiles and he is smitten.

  • ‘I literally have had men suggest to me that achieving my level of success was due to feminine wiles ,’ she says.

  • Because, among other things, I'm a girl who believes that women needn't define themselves by what society dictates to be appropriate behaviour, and yet I'll never miss an opportunity to exercise my feminine wiles .

  • Better the paternalism of Ayub than the devious wiles of the politicians.

  • But beneath the virtuous-widow facade she presented to the world was a cold, calculating, manipulative monster who used her feminine wiles to get what she wanted.

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