from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit.
- n. Obsolete A trick or stratagem.
- transitive v. Archaic To beguile; deceive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. astuteness often marked by a certain sense of cunning or artful deception.
- n. deceptiveness, deceit, fraud, duplicity, dishonesty
- v. to deceive, to beguile
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Craft; deceitful cunning; artifice; duplicity; wile; deceit; treachery.
- transitive v. To disguise or conceal; to deceive or delude.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Disposition to deceive or cheat; insidious artifice; craft; cunning.
- n. A trick; a wile.
- n. Synonyms Artfulness, subtlety, deception, trickery.
- To deceive; beguile.
- To disguise cunningly.
- n. The fermented wort used by vinegar-makers.
- n. A brewers' vat; a guilfat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
- n. shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
- n. the quality of being crafty
Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English wigle, divination, sorcery.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gile, from Anglo-Norman gile, from Old French guile ("deception"), from Frankish *wigila ("ruse"). Cognate via Proto-Germanic with wile. (Wiktionary)