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wily

[wahy-lee] /ˈwaɪ li/
adjective, wilier, wiliest.
1.
full of, marked by, or proceeding from wiles; crafty; cunning.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see wile, -y1
Related forms
wilily, adverb
wiliness, noun
overwily, adjective
unwily, adjective
Synonyms
artful, sly, designing, intriguing, tricky, foxy, deceitful, treacherous.
Antonyms
straightforward, open.
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British Dictionary definitions for wiliness

wily

/ˈwaɪlɪ/
adjective wilier, wiliest
1.
characterized by or proceeding from wiles; sly or crafty
Derived Forms
wiliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wiliness

wily

adj.

c.1300, from wile + -ly (1). Related: Wiliness.

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