• WordNet 3.6
    • adj wily marked by skill in deception "cunning men often pass for wise","deep political machinations","a foxy scheme","a slick evasive answer","sly as a fox","tricky Dick","a wily old attorney"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Wily Full of wiles, tricks, or stratagems; using craft or stratagem to accomplish a purpose; mischievously artful; subtle. "Wily and wise.""The wily snake.""This false, wily , doubling disposition of mind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wily Full of wiles; subtle; cunning; crafty; sly.
    • wily Synonyms Cunning, Artful, Sly, etc. (see cunning), designing, deceitful, foxy, diplomatic, delusive, insidious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Wily wī′li full of wiles or tricks: using craft or stratagem: artful: sly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Wile


In literature:

Various events occurred which enabled this wily Minister, first to delay, and then almost to prevent, the odious surrender.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
I was mad all right; but the minute I get plumb sure mad I get wily.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
All which being known to Mazarin, that wily statesman saw that no time was to be lost.
"The Life of John Milton, Volume 5 (of 7), 1654-1660" by David Masson
And what do you think the wily old fox said?
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
She turned and slid away, like the wily old serpent that she was.
"The Mystery of Mary" by Grace Livingston Hill
Now it is time for Wili and Lili.
"Uncle Titus and His Visit to the Country" by Johanna Spyri
Stood without Nidud's wily wife; then she went in through the hall; but he on the enclosure sat down to rest.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
But the Wily One did not forget his craft.
"The Children's Hour, Volume 3 (of 10)" by Various
The wily Anglo-Normans demanded a charter, specifying which portion of his property each individual should have.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
He was suspicious of the wily one, however.
"A Maid of the Silver Sea" by John Oxenham

In poetry:

"Ah! not farewell forever!"
The Ritter wildly cried,
"I will be saved or lost with thee,
My lovely Wili-Bride!"
"Ernst Of Edelsheim" by John Hay
Richest roses bud or die
All about the splendid park;
Fountains glass a wily eye
Where the fawns browse in the dark.
"Serenade" by Madison Julius Cawein
But man! oh, selfish, sordid man!
How like a fiend at heart,
Deep skilled in every wily plan,
He plays a demon's part.
"The Youthful Villager And The Hermit" by James Madison Bell
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
The gods of Asaheim, incensed with Loke,
A whirlwind yoked with thunder-footed steeds,
And, carried thus, boomed o'er the booming seas,
Far as the teeming wastes of Jotunheim,
To punish Loke for all his wily crimes.
"The Punishment Of Loke" by Madison Julius Cawein
Finavair, the daughter of Mave,
Although thou art her willing slave,
Not for thy long-felt love has been
Promised to thee by the wily queen,—
No, it was but to test thy might
That thou wert lured into this fatal fight.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Or did those wily judges pull another surprise move.
Senior QB Collin Klein beginning to resemble Bill Snyder, wily old coach of No 15 K-State.
And wily, like the cartoon coyote.
That pointed question—one of many in Send (Knopf), David Shipley and Will Schwalbe's witty and wily etiquette book for e-mailers—could save your skin (i.e.
Wily coyote resurfaces in Beach.
Iran's Ahmadinejad wounded but wily in final year.
Wily veteran salutes the kid.
Florida's wily coyotes adapt to change.
Wily coyotes adapt well to life in urban areas, biologist says.
Ohio college students wily in study of coyotes.
Maidencreek Township, PA. Brad Wily and his son Eric, 12, of Maidencreek Township start an afternoon bike ride at the Dry Brooks Day Use Area of Blue Marsh Lake, Bern Township.
Brad, president of Wily Roofing Inc, Blandon.
Phelan M.Ebenhack/Associated Press The Mets signed powerful outfielder Wily Mo Pena and assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo.
NSA's struggle to tap a wily foe.
Taylor Wily 's Black & White Celebrity Affair.

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