American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A stratagem or trick intended to deceive or ensnare.
- n. A disarming or seductive manner, device, or procedure: the wiles of a skilled negotiator.
- n. Trickery; cunning.
- v. To influence or lead by means of wiles; entice.
- v. To pass (time) agreeably: wile away a Sunday afternoon.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A trick or stratagem; anything practised for insnaring or deception; a sly, insidious artifice.
- n. Synonyms Manœuver, Stratagem, etc. See artifice.
- To deceive; beguile; impose on.
- To lure; entice; inveigle; coax; cajole.
- To shorten or cause to pass easily or pleasantly, as by some diverting wile: in this sense probably confused with while.
- n. A Middle English form of while.
- n. Same as wild, Weald (?).
- n. usually in the plural A trick or stratagem practiced for ensnaring or deception; a sly, insidious artifice
- v. To entice or lure
- v. alternative spelling of while, "to pass the time".
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A trick or stratagem practiced for insnaring or deception; a sly, insidious; artifice; a beguilement; an allurement.
- v. rare To practice artifice upon; to deceive; to beguile; to allure.
- v. To draw or turn away, as by diversion; to while or while away; to cause to pass pleasantly.
- n. the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
- From Middle English wile, wyle, from Old English wīl ("wile, trick") and wiġle ("divination"), from Proto-Germanic *wīlan (“craft, deceit”) (from Proto-Indo-European *wei- (“to turn, bend”)) and Proto-Germanic *wigulan, *wihulan (“prophecy”) (from Proto-Indo-European *weik- (“to consecrate, hallow, make holy”)). Cognate with Icelandic vél, væl ("artifice, craft, device, fraud, trick"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English wil, from Old North French, from Old Norse vēl, trick, or of Low German origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“ I see the only way I'm going to get through this is to do what I used to call the wile-aways.”
“I see the only way I'm going to get through this is to do what I used to call the wile-aways.”
“As for the song itself, when it gets going (i.e. after a warm-up of thirty of your seconds that I feel are unnecessarily long and thirty-secondish), it is very, very pleasant indeed, even though I do not know what 'wile' means.”
“Den he tuhn on me lak a wile man an’ his eyes glitter an’ he say: ‘Good Gawd, Ah thought you’d unnerstan’ even ef nobody else din’!”
“And in that time, in a large cage of concrete and iron, Ben Bolt had exercised and recovered the use of his muscles, and added to his hatred of the two-legged things, puny against him in themselves, who by trick and wile had so helplessly imprisoned him.”
“Because i was doing ki exercise with my hands to open the Ki channels in my hands, we were going to do a meditation and healing exercise before the techniques that he was going to teach. based on what he learned wile being in the War, he was afraid that he would be humiliated by me because my knowledge base some how threatened him.”
“I myself has been trying to solve the mystery of the legend that forces you to have “earn it before having it”, for a wile now.”
“RTC, o god yes im not the best tempered person you will meet thas for sure, but point being the cop should get done as my m8 was, you cant scream and swear then say im a cop and under stress lets swop jobs for a wile the law is the law.”
“Abrams and his ilk … bipartisan Mouths of Sauron … and the “conservatives” and POLITICAL Zionists continue the charade. .and opponents of the pas de duex, like a LOT of posters here and on similar sites, continue to joust windmills that are diversionary tangents and, Thoreau-ian like “hack at branches” wile blitheyly and VOLITIONALLY Ignoring the ROOT (CFR/globalist socialists) …”
“Certainly their antagonists start out with unassailable resources and firepower, but righting that asymmetry by guile and wile is what really moves these movies.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘wile’.
These come from gamma meditation ,I think.
words for passing time
Just some words I happen to enjoy. Some thread-worn, some not.
U Gotta Know These.......
For those who wish no words were ever forgotten
Words as I learn them.
Off the straight and narrow; less than straight arrow.
A list of words that I have generated over time.
From Wuthering Heights
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