See also: Wile, wiłę, and wíle

EnglishEdit

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for wile in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English wile, wyle, from Old Northern French wile (guile) and Old English wīl (wile, trick) and wiġle (divination), from Proto-Germanic *wīlą (craft, deceit) (from Proto-Indo-European *wey- (to turn, bend)) and Proto-Germanic *wigulą, *wihulą (prophecy) (from Proto-Indo-European *weyk- (to consecrate, hallow, make holy)). Cognate with Icelandic vél, væl (artifice, craft, device, fraud, trick), Dutch wijle.

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NounEdit

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.

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VerbEdit

wile (third-person singular simple present wiles, present participle wiling, simple past and past participle wiled)

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

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Usage notesEdit

The phrase meaning to pass time idly is while away. We can trace the meaning in an adjectival sense for while back to Old English, hwīlen, "passing, transitory". It is also seen in whilend, "temporary, transitory". But since wile away occurs so often, it is now included in many dictionaries.

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MapudungunEdit

NounEdit

wile (using Raguileo Alphabet)

  1. tomorrow

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ReferencesEdit

  • Wixaleyiñ: Mapucezugun-wigkazugun pici hemvlcijka (Wixaleyiñ: Small Mapudungun-Spanish dictionary), Beretta, Marta; Cañumil, Dario; Cañumil, Tulio, 2008.

Middle EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English wīl, wiġle (wile, trick), cognate with Old Norse vél (artifice, craft).

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NounEdit

wile

  1. wile, trick, artifice
  2. a sorcerer

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  • English: wile

PolishEdit

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wile m

  1. locative/vocative singular of wił

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wile f

  1. dative/locative singular of wiła

Further readingEdit

  • wile in Polish dictionaries at PWN