The definition of wily is something or someone who is cunning and sly.
An example of wily is a bank robber whose picture never gets caught on a surveillance camera.
Full of wiles; cunning.
(comparative wilier or more wily, superlative wiliest or most wily)
From wile (“ruse, trick") + -y
- Xander studied the wily Grey God, aware of Darian's reputation for having a wild streak that bordered on suicidal.
- The wily old diplomatist hoped to rule Florence as grand vizier under this inexperienced princeling.
- It was to no purpose that he appealed to the emperor and empress for restitution or redress; and it was perhaps the hope of extorting his reappointment to Bobbio, as a reward for his services to the imperial cause, that changed the studious scholar of Reims into the wily secretary of Adalbero.
- The severe impartiality of the sacred historian has concealed no feature in this dark picture, - the brutal passion of Amnon, the shameless counsel of the wily Jonadab, the " black scowl " 1 that rested on the face of Absalom through two long years of meditated revenge, the panic of the court when the blow was struck and Amnon was assassinated in the midst of his brethren.
- But the guerilla tactics of the wily klepht were powerless against Ibrahim, who marched northward, and, avoiding Nauplia for the present, seized Tripolitsa, and made this the base from which his columns marched to devastate the country far and wide.