Wily - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈwaɪli|  American pronunciation of the word wily
Brit.  |ˈwaɪli|  British pronunciation of the word wily


- marked by skill in deception(syn: crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky)

a wily old attorney


She turned out to be a wily negotiator.

...a wily judge of character, she takes advantage of car buyers' insecurities to sell them a bigger machine than they really need...

He's a wily old fox.

...a wily dude who managed to get himself out of one jackpot after another...

Word forms

comparative: wilier
superlative: wiliest
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