• WordNet 3.6
    • n wiliness shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wiliness The quality or state of being wily; craftiness; cunning; guile.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wiliness The state or character of being wily; cunning; guile.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wiliness cunning
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In literature:

She's a wily little scamp all right.
"The Honorable Percival" by Alice Hegan Rice
But King Marsil was a wily foe.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
Screw's smile was his best expression, Barker's smile was of the devil, and very wily.
"Doctor Claudius, A True Story" by F. Marion Crawford
He obviously was devoid of any of the arts of the wily pirate or smuggler.
"Drake, Nelson and Napoleon" by Walter Runciman
Dress-makers nowadays are so wily.
"Parisian Points of View" by Ludovic Halévy
But now what wily forethought she granted him.
"The Poor Little Rich Girl" by Eleanor Gates
He crossed the Prah River to meet a wily and desperate foe.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
At this state of affairs, the wily Seminole at once took an alarm.
"The Flamingo Feather" by Kirk Munroe
He was wily as the serpent and simple as the dove.
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
But Blake, in his poverty, had meat to eat which the wily publisher knew not of.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 78, April, 1864" by Various

In poetry:

In Hubert's halls, my father's foe,
From childhood have I dwelt,
And for his wily murderer too,
A filial fondness felt.
"Edgar And Ellen" by Matilda Betham
And when the fragrile flow'rs decay'd,
The bloom her cheeks forsook,
And from her eyes no longer play'd
The loves with wily look.
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
"Long have I sought sweet Mary's heart,
And dropp'd the tear, and heaved the sigh;
But vain the lover's wily art,
Beneath a sister's watchful eye.
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
Unto the gloomy realms of endless woe,
None but the very worst of human-kind
Shall ever with the wily tempter go,
Who serv'd not God with an obedient mind.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard
"But startle ye not when the tempests blow?
Have you no dread of a wily foe?
Do you not tremble, when the serpents hiss
Mid leaves that the zephyr alone should kiss?
"A Song Of The Flowers." by Harriet Annie Wilkins
Flight were shield and fence far surer
Gainst a wily woman's ways
Than the wit of man; for seated
Ere the dawn, his fair allurer
At his open door repeated
All his words, with longing gaze.
"Preface To Diarmid's Story" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

For a movie full of wily, axe-wielding dwarves, it's pretty freaking bland.
Rory MacDonald made a huge statement at UFC 133, stopping the wily Mike Pyle inside the first round to give momentum to the debate: Is Canada about to produce yet another UFC welterweight champion.
Some point to mild weather, fewer licenses and increasingly wily elk as the reasons for the decline.
The wily leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-il, appears to have taken a giant step toward getting his nation accepted as a nuclear weapons state.
Wily Peralta's long road to the cusp of stardom.
The Huntsville Times/Eric Schultz Huntsville Stars pitcher Wily Peralta.
Wily Violets & Underground Orchids.
Wily coyotes are worthy opponents.
Jennifer Aniston Is "Hilariously Wily " on ABC's Cougar Town.
Perry shoots, kills ' wily ' coyote during jog.
Martina McBride's Daughter Ava Captures Wily Lizard.
Wily dog eludes Santa Fe's determined pet detective for 8 months.
Wily Bill Ackman Gets His East Side Development (But Not the One You Think).
Whatever Wily Bill wants, Wily Bill gets.
POM Wily FTC Calls POM Wonderful Claims Deceptive.

In science:

New York: Wily-Interscience, 1958 Fan A. H.: A proof of the Ruelle operator theorem.
Ruelle Operator Theorem for Nonexpansive systems
Towards trapping wily intruders in the large.
Pattern Detection with Rare Item-set Mining