An example of wile is to cause someone to fall into a trap.
An example of wile is to lay in the backyard all day sipping lemonade.
An example of a wile is a joke or trick to deceive someone.
The wiles of a skilled negotiator.
Wile away a Sunday afternoon.
Here's a pleasant way to wile away the hours.
- to while away (time, etc.)
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of wile
- 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
- 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 vÃ©l, vÃ¦l (“artifice, craft, device, fraud, trick").