wile

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See also: Wile, wiłę, and wíle

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Etymology 1[edit]

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.

Noun[edit]

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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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To entice or lure.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      He was good to look on, brawly dressed, and with a tongue in his head that would have wiled the bird from the tree.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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.

Verb[edit]

wile

  1. Misspelling of while (to pass the time).
    Here's a pleasant way to wile away the hours.

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wile (Raguileo spelling)

  1. tomorrow

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

Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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wile

  1. wile, trick, artifice
  2. a sorcerer

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  • English: wile

Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈvʲi.lɛ/
  • Hyphenation: wi‧le
  • Rhymes: -ilɛ

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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 reading[edit]

  • wile in Polish dictionaries at PWN