Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit.
  • noun A trick or stratagem.
  • transitive verb To beguile; deceive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To deceive; beguile.
  • To disguise cunningly.
  • noun The fermented wort used by vinegar-makers.
  • noun A brewers' vat; a guilfat.
  • noun Disposition to deceive or cheat; insidious artifice; craft; cunning.
  • noun A trick; a wile.
  • noun Synonyms Artfulness, subtlety, deception, trickery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Craft; deceitful cunning; artifice; duplicity; wile; deceit; treachery.
  • transitive verb obsolete To disguise or conceal; to deceive or delude.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable astuteness often marked by a certain sense of cunning or artful deception.
  • noun deceptiveness, deceit, fraud, duplicity, dishonesty
  • verb to deceive, to beguile

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
  • noun shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
  • noun the quality of being crafty

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English wigle, divination, sorcery.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English gile, from Anglo-Norman gile, from Old French guile ("deception"), from Frankish *wigila ("ruse"). Cognate via Proto-Germanic with wile.

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  • "n. The fermented wort used by vinegar-makers."

    --from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

    June 7, 2017