wily Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"wily" in British English

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wilyadjective

uk   us   /ˈwaɪ.li/
(of a ​person) intellgent, having a very good ​understanding of ​situations, ​possibilities, and ​people, and often ​willing to use ​tricks to ​achieve an ​aim: a wily ​politician
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(Definition of wily from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wilyadjective

 us   /ˈwɑɪ·li/
quick to ​think of things, having a very good ​understanding of ​situations and ​possibilities, and often ​willing to use ​tricks to ​achieve an ​aim: a wily ​hunter
(Definition of wily from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “wily”
in Spanish astuto…
in Vietnamese xảo trá…
in Malaysian licik…
in Thai เต็มไปด้วยเล่ห์…
in French rusé…
in German gerissen…
in Chinese (Simplified) (人)狡猾的,诡计多端的…
in Turkish kurnaz, cin fikirli, şeytan…
in Russian хитрый…
in Indonesian licik…
in Chinese (Traditional) (人)狡猾的,詭計多端的…
in Polish sprytny, przebiegły…
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