from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To influence or lead by means of wiles; entice.
- transitive v. To pass (time) agreeably: wile away a Sunday afternoon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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".
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A trick or stratagem practiced for insnaring or deception; a sly, insidious; artifice; a beguilement; an allurement.
- transitive v. To practice artifice upon; to deceive; to beguile; to allure.
- transitive v. To draw or turn away, as by diversion; to while or while away; to cause to pass pleasantly.
from The 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 (?).
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)
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)
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)