Alternative spelling of while, "to pass the time".
- trifle away
- fiddle away
- Also used with away: dawdle
- to while away (time, etc.)
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Origin of Wile
From Middle English wile, wyle, from Old English wÄ«l (“wile, trick") and wiÄ¡le (“divination"), from Proto-Germanic *wÄ«lÄ… (“craft, deceit") (from Proto-Indo-European *wei- (“to turn, bend")) and Proto-Germanic *wigulÄ…, *wihulÄ… (“prophecy") (from Proto-Indo-European *weik- (“to consecrate, hallow, make holy")). Cognate with Icelandic vél, væl (“artifice, craft, device, fraud, trick").
Middle English wil from Old North French from Old Norse vēl trick or of Low German origin V., sense 2, influenced by while
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Middle English wile, an occupational surname for a trapper or a nickname for a wily person.
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