from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Full of wiles; cunning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. sly, cunning, full of tricks
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Full of wiles, tricks, or stratagems; using craft or stratagem to accomplish a purpose; mischievously artful; subtle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of wiles; subtle; cunning; crafty; sly.
- Synonyms Cunning, Artful, Sly, etc. (see cunning), designing, deceitful, foxy, diplomatic, delusive, insidious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked by skill in deception
The president is known as a wily politician with a long history of outsmarting political opponents.
On the field, Sócrates was known as a wily strategist who could elegantly employ his signature move, a back-heel pass.
Perhaps it was his looks - it seemed impossible for any profile of him not to describe him as "wily" - but he projected a sense of profound wisdom, and he was a skilled enough magic man to coax six goals out of Milan Baros in Euro 2004.
I think he is the most stunning example of this because it's one thing to look at Jesse Helms being called a wily pandering bigot while Teddy Kennedy is described as a man of principal.
Mr. Musharraf is known as a wily fox here in India, and his speech shows exactly why that is.
Mark, aristocratic-looking belying a poverty-stricken upbringing and handsome, but known as wily and aloof in his circle, played an expert cat-and-mouse game, not only with Judy—his girlfriend and my patient—but also with his wife.
It was one-way traffic as Judah, known as a wily and tricky operator, continued to be outboxed and he was now bleeding from the nose.
"Oh rocky," the animal control officer called the wily raccoon.
Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni tells The Detroit News coyotes are "called wily for a reason" and says "sharpshooters may be a last resort."
While both trends could certainly be leveraged for "wily" marketing purposes, the two should actually be taken quite seriously by brands looking for a bigger bang for their budget in these slow economic times.
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