Pronunciation Noun

wile (plural wiles)

  1. (usually, in the plural) A trick or stratagem practiced for ensnaring or deception; a sly, insidious artifice
    He was seduced by her wiles.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 2”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      to frustrate all our plots and wiles
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wile (wiles, present participle wiling; past and past participle wiled)

  1. To entice or lure
  2. Archaic form of while#English|while (“to pass the time”)
    Here's a pleasant way to wile away the hours.

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. (rare) A male given name.
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