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 ?
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
These despised themselves, as being the dupes of a wily fraud, a guileful snake in the grass.
She had expected -- founding her anticipations on the letter which the housekeeper had written to her -- to see a hard, wily, ill-favored, insolent old woman.
I too might ask I too might enquire I too might listen with a beating heart to fables which the wily strollers devise to cheat us into hospitality but no The son who has disobeyed me is no longer mine; nor will I concern myself more for his fate than for that of the most worthless among the millions that ever shaped the cross on their shoulder, rushed into excess and blood-guiltiness, and called it an accomplishment of the will of God.
And the coxswain, Israel Hands, was a careful, wily, old, experienced seaman who could be trusted at a pinch with almost anything.
A thousand thoughts at once suggested themselves to him on the subject of this new adventure, and it struck him as being ill done and worse advised in him to expose himself to the danger of breaking his plighted faith to his lady; and said he to himself, "Who knows but that the devil, being wily and cunning, may be trying now to entrap me with a duenna, having failed with empresses, queens, duchesses, marchionesses, and countesses?
She now stood audaciously in front of the chevalier, who, having fathomed in his day many other mysteries in minds that were far more wily, took in the situation at a single glance.
This time Tarzan saw the pock-marked old owner of the ape, whom he did not recognize as the wily Paulvitch of former days.
We moved to explore the house, all keeping together in case of attack, for we knew we had a strong and wily enemy to deal with, and as yet we did not know whether the Count might not be in the house.
Certainly a call to the visitors' room had scarcely astonished Andrea less than themselves, for the wily youth, instead of making use of his privilege of waiting to be claimed on his entry into La Force, had maintained a rigid silence.
In fact Ulysses would have been here long ago, had he not thought better to go from land to land gathering wealth; for there is no man living who is so wily as he is; there is no one can compare with him.
The bargain was now commenced in earnest, offering an instructive scene of French protestations, assertions, contradictions and volubility on one side, and of cold, seemingly phlegmatic, but wily Yankee calculation, on the other.