- IPA: /waɪl/
wile (plural wiles)
- (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
wile (wiles, present participle wiling; past and past participle wiled)
- To entice or lure
- Archaic form of while#English|while (“to pass the time”)
- Here's a pleasant way to wile away the hours.
- (rare) A male given name.