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Definition clever and good at tricking others to achieve a goal
  • Don't underestimate her. She is a wily campaigner.
wily = clever and good at tricking others
  • The wily fox avoided the trap and managed to get into the chicken coop.
  • wily = clever
  • Don't underestimate that wily old attorney.
  • wily = clever and good at tricking others
  • She is known for her wily ways.
  • wily = clever and good at tricking others
  • The Devil, as Reverend Hale said, is a wily one, and, until an hour before he fell, even God thought him beautiful in Heaven.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • wily = tricky
  • But the Devil is a wily one, you cannot deny it.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • wily = tricky
  • He was more interested in Michael's capacity to serve as an entertaining big brother and wily co-conspirator.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • The man spoke truly; he might unwittingly, in sheer terror, utter the shriek that might prove a warning to the wily Scarlet Pimpernel.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The prattle of the little ones and their pleasure in the stories I told them of elf and gnome, of hero and wily bear, are pleasant things to remember.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • "Because we're wily," said Hugh.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • So wily, and we must follow with wile.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • No wily hates sought I; for myself swore not many Of oaths in unright.
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • The wily practices, and the covert ways, I knew them all, and I so plied their art that to the earth's end the sound went forth.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • There was silence for as long as two seconds and then the wily village voice began to answer him, 'We are poor, father.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • 'What is it now, I say,' pursued the wily usurer, 'or what has it a chance of being?
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • I could never abide the weeping of women, Joff once said, but his mother was the wily woman weeping now.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • I will watch with the wiliness of a snake, that I may sting with its venom.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Had he known more about dragons and their wily ways, he might have teen more frightened and less hopeful of catching this one napping.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • A few minutes after that score, the same wily forward for Roswell snuck behind the Fugees defense and blasted another shot past Ervin.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • To whom the wily Adder, blithe and glad.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost

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