- An example of beguile is when a politician uses clever words to trick people.
- An example of beguile is a stunning woman wearing a slinky dress.
- to mislead by cheating or tricking; deceive
- to deprive (someone) of or out of something by deceit; cheat: he was beguiled of his money
- to pass (time) pleasantly; while away: she beguiled her days with reading
- to charm or delight
transitive verbbe·guiled, be·guil·ing, be·guiles
- To deceive by guile or charm: beguiled unwary investors.
- To deprive (someone) of something by guile or deceit; cheat: a disease that has beguiled me of strength.
- To distract the attention of; divert: “to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming” (Abraham Lincoln).
- To amuse or charm; delight or fascinate. See Synonyms at charm.
- To pass (time) pleasantly.
Origin of beguileMiddle English bigilen : bi-, be- + gilen, to deceive; see guile.
(third-person singular simple present beguiles, present participle beguiling, simple past and past participle beguiled)
From Middle English begilen, begylen, equivalent to be- + guile. Compare Middle Dutch beghijlen (“to beguile”). See also bewile.