An example of guile is when you distract your friend from the fact that you are half hour late to a meeting by immediately turning on the charm and launching into a fascinating story.
Origin of guileMiddle English gile from Old French guile from Frankish an unverified form wigila, guile, akin to Old English wigle: see wile
- Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit.
- A trick or stratagem.
transitive verbguiled, guil·ing, guiles Archaic
Origin of guileMiddle English from Old French of Germanic origin Old English wigle divination, sorcery
(countable and uncountable, plural guiles)
(third-person singular simple present guiles, present participle guiling, simple past and past participle guiled)