The Closing Word: Wile

The Closing Word: WileThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (while)

the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)

From “Language experts can only guess about the origin of wile, though many believe it’s related to the Old Norse vél, or “craft.” Others think there may be a connection with the Old English word for “wizard,” wicca.”

“Renters need to be careful when searching for apartments in other cities online, as there are many scammers ready to use their wile to bilk people out of their money.”


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