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synonyms for wily

  • cagey
  • crooked
  • scheming
  • shifty
  • shrewd
  • sly
  • sneaky
  • underhanded
  • arch
  • artful
  • astute
  • crazy like a fox
  • cunning
  • deceitful
  • deceptive
  • deep
  • designing
  • foxy
  • greasy
  • guileful
  • insidious
  • intriguing
  • knowing
  • sagacious
  • sharp
  • slick
  • slippery
  • smooth
  • streetwise
  • tricky
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antonyms for wily

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  • aboveboard
  • forthright
  • frank
  • honest
  • open
  • straight
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How to use wily in a sentence

Viruses are wily, seeking out and infecting vulnerable hosts at all costs.
PEDIATRIC COVID-19 CASES ARE SURGING, PUSHING HOSPITALS—AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS—TO THEIR BREAKING POINTSJAMIE DUCHARME/NEW ORLEANS, LA.AUGUST 26, 2021TIME
Scientists viewed even this modest degree of protection against such a wily virus as an important milestone.
SHOULD WE BE MIXING COVID-19 VACCINES FOR BETTER IMMUNITY?KATE BAGGALEYAUGUST 20, 2021POPULAR-SCIENCE
The neutron’s lack of electric charge made it a particularly wily target.
HOW MATTER’S HIDDEN COMPLEXITY UNLEASHED THE POWER OF NUCLEAR PHYSICSEMILY CONOVERAPRIL 8, 2021SCIENCE NEWS
Everyone loves the idea of Bugs Bunny always being the wily underdog who can do whatever he wants and can win.
‘BASEBALL BUGS’ AT 75: HOW A LOONEY TUNES CLASSIC LEFT ITS MARK ON AMERICA’S PASTIMEFREDERIC J. FROMMERFEBRUARY 25, 2021WASHINGTON POST
By every art known to the wily Porter did he try to mislead his pursuers; but they hung on to his trail like grim death.
THE COURIER OF THE OZARKSBYRON A. DUNN
"Agreed," said Allcraft, almost before the wily Planner finished.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, NO. CCCXXXIX. JANUARY, 1844. VOL. LV.VARIOUS
While Cavalier traveled, Fendant, the more wily of the two, managed the business.
REPERTORY OF THE COMEDIE HUMAINE, COMPLETE, A -- ZANATOLE CERFBERR AND JULES FRANOIS CHRISTOPHE
The wily secretary advised his friend to put his affairs in order as soon as possible, and to be ready for any emergency.
IRELAND UNDER THE TUDORS, VOL. II (OF 3)RICHARD BAGWELL
This colorless face expressed patience, commercial shrewdness, and the sort of wily cupidity which is needful in business.
AT THE SIGN OF THE CAT AND RACKETHONORE DE BALZAC
Not inside the room, amid its manifold attractions: Circe was a wily woman, remember, and pretty bottles are insidious.
JOHNNY LUDLOW, FOURTH SERIESMRS. HENRY WOOD
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WORDS RELATED TO WILY

  • artful
  • astute
  • calculating
  • conniving
  • contriving
  • crafty
  • cunning
  • deceitful
  • devious
  • expedient
  • opportunist
  • plotting
  • shrewd
  • sly
  • underhanded
  • unscrupulous
  • wily
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