Wily Wil"y, a. [Compar. {Wilier}; superl. {Wiliest}.] [From {Wile}.] Full of wiles, tricks, or stratagems; using craft or stratagem to accomplish a purpose; mischievously artful; subtle. ``Wily and wise.'' --Chaucer. ``The wily snake.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

This false, wily, doubling disposition of mind. --South. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Cunning; artful; sly; crafty. See {Cunning}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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