Origin of guileMiddle English gile from Old French guile from Frankish an unverified form wigila, guile, akin to Old English wigle: see wile
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.
- 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)
- You might have to use considerable guile to find out what's going on.
- The Picts used a bit of tactical guile and lured the Northumbrians into a trap with deadly results.
- Furthermore, the realignment of the Blackadder character to a figure of cunning guile was also a decision made by Elton.
- There is no doubt that Mrs. Ramotswe is a novice; but, she uses her feminine guile to get to the heart of the matter.
- This year's budget is $17 million and the student cohort will be $15,000 - a growth achieved through graft and a little guile.