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wile

[wahyl] /waɪl/
noun
1.
a trick, artifice, or stratagem meant to fool, trap, or entice; device.
2.
wiles, artful or beguiling behavior.
3.
deceitful cunning; trickery.
verb (used with object), wiled, wiling.
4.
to beguile, entice, or lure (usually followed by away, from, into, etc.):
The music wiled him from his study.
Verb phrases
5.
wile away, to spend or pass (time), especially in a leisurely or pleasurable fashion:
to wile away the long winter nights.
Origin
late Old English
1125-1175
1125-75; (noun) Middle English; late Old English wil, perhaps < Old Norse vēl artifice, earlier *wihl-
Related forms
outwile, verb (used with object), outwiled, outwiling.
Can be confused
while, wile.
Synonyms
1, 2. deception, contrivance, maneuver. See trick. 3. chicanery, fraud.
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British Dictionary definitions for wile away

wile

/waɪl/
noun
1.
trickery, cunning, or craftiness
2.
(usually pl) an artful or seductive trick or ploy
verb
3.
(transitive) to lure, beguile, or entice
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse vel craft; probably related to Old French wīle, Old English wīgle magic. See guile
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Word Origin and History for wile away

wile

n.

mid-12c., wil "wile, trick," perhaps from Old North French *wile (Old French guile), or directly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse vel "trick, craft, fraud," vela "defraud"). Perhaps ultimately related to Old English wicca "wizard" (see Wicca). Lighter sense of "amorous or playful trick" is from c.1600. Wily is attested from c.1300.

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