wily


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wi·ly

 (wī′lē)
adj. wi·li·er, wi·li·est
Full of wiles; cunning.

wil′i·ly adv.
wil′i·ness n.

wily

(ˈwaɪlɪ)
adj, wilier or wiliest
characterized by or proceeding from wiles; sly or crafty
ˈwiliness n

wil•y

(ˈwaɪ li)

adj. wil•i•er, wil•i•est.
full of, marked by, or proceeding from wiles; crafty; cunning.
[1250–1300]
wil′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wily - marked by skill in deception; "cunning men often pass for wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dick"; "a wily old attorney"
artful - marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft; "the artful dodger"; "an artful choice of metaphors"

wily

wily

adjective
Deceitfully clever:
Translations
ماكِر، مُراوِغ
snu
slægur, slunginn
blēdīgsviltīgs

wily

[ˈwaɪlɪ] ADJ (wilier (compar) (wiliest (superl))) → astuto, taimado

wily

[ˈwaɪli] adjrusé(e)

wily

adj (+er)listig, schlau, hinterlistig (pej)

wily

[ˈwaɪlɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) → astuto/a, furbo/a
he's a wily old devil or bird or fox (fam) → è una vecchia volpe, è un furbo matricolato or di tre cotte

wily

(ˈwaili) adjective
crafty, cunning, sly etc. a wily old fox; He is too wily for the police to catch him.
ˈwiliness noun
References in classic literature ?
After them was born Cronos the wily, youngest and most terrible of her children, and he hated his lusty sire.
The truth must have been that, all unversed in the arts of the wily Greek, the deceiver of gods, the lover of strange women, the evoker of bloodthirsty shades, I yet longed for the beginning of my own obscure Odyssey, which, as was proper for a modern, should unroll its wonders and terrors beyond the Pillars of Hercules.
And the coxswain, Israel Hands, was a careful, wily, old, experienced seaman who could be trusted at a pinch with almost anything.
One of his comrades, talking of women, began chaffing Rostov, saying that he was more wily than any of them and that it would not be a bad thing if he introduced to them the pretty Polish girl he had saved.
Still clad as he was in the mantle and wimple of an old woman, Til did not, at first, recognize him, and when he spoke she burst into a nervous, cackling laugh, as one caught in the perpetration of some questionable act, nor did her manner escape the shrewd notice of the wily master of fence.
I, too, am wily and I think his mind in a little while.
Several times the ape-man approached the subject from different angles, but never was he successful in surprising the wily cannibal into a direct contradiction of his original statement that there had been no women or children with the party.
He was armed only with a brace of Colts, and he was going into the heart of the wild country of the head hunters, to pit his wits against those of the wily Muda Saffir.
Mirabel was too wily to dispute the inference--the inevitable inference--which any one must have drawn, after seeing the effect on him that the name of Miss Jethro had produced.
In this room, when I had died of grief, and long-deferred hope, two wily harpies divided the wealth for which I had contested during a wretched existence, and of which, at last, not one farthing was left for my unhappy descendants.
We Italians are all wily and suspicious by nature, in the estimation of the good John Bull.
It may be a minute, or it may be an hour, afore the wily sarpents steal upon us, and it is quite in natur' for them to be lying within hearing at this very moment," said Hawkeye; "but come they will, and in such a fashion as will leave us nothing to hope