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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]

Word Net

wily adj : 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 Dik"; "a wily old attorney" [syn: crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky] [also: wiliest, wilier]



From wile + -y




  1. sly, cunning, full of tricks
    Horatio's new girlfriend is a wily coquette and poor Horatio is too smitten to see it.


sly, cunning
This article is about the computer program. For the video game character, see Doctor Wily. For the Pittsburgh radio station formerly known as WILY, see WWNL.
Wily is a text editor created by Gary Capell for Unix computer systems. It is based on Acme, the mouse-centric editing environment for the Plan 9 operating system.
Wily is one of the few editors that supports mouse chording. Unlike Acme, it doesn't support mouse scrolls and its interface is black and white. Development and usage of Wily has been deprecated in favour of the port of Acme to Unix systems as part of Plan 9 from User Space.
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