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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Wily \Wil"y\, a. [Compar. Wilier; superl. Wiliest.] [From
Full of wiles, tricks, or stratagems; using craft or
stratagem to accomplish a purpose; mischievously artful;
subtle. "Wily and wise." --Chaucer. "The wily snake."
This false, wily, doubling disposition of mind.
Syn: Cunning; artful; sly; crafty. See Cunning.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: 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" [syn: crafty, cunning, dodgy,
foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy,
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
69 Moby Thesaurus words for "wily":
Byzantine, Machiavellian, Machiavellic, acute, arch, artful,
astute, cagey, calculating, canny, chiseling, clever, collusive,
covinous, crafty, cunning, cute, deceitful, deep, deep-laid,
designing, devious, diplomatic, false, falsehearted, feline,
finagling, foxy, fraudulent, furtive, guileful, indirect,
ingenious, insidious, inventive, knowing, pawky, politic, ready,
resourceful, sagacious, scheming, serpentine, sharp, shifty,
shrewd, slick, slippery, sly, smooth, snaky, sneaky, sophistical,
stealthy, strategic, subtile, subtle, supple, surreptitious,
tactical, treacherous, trickish, tricksy, tricky, two-faced,
underhand, underhanded, vulpine, wary
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