verb (used with object), be·guiled, be·guil·ing.

  1. to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
  2. to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of): to be beguiled of money.
  3. to charm or divert: a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.
  4. to pass (time) pleasantly: beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.


  1. charming or fascinating
  2. using slyness to delude someone

verb -guiles, -guiling or -guiled (tr)

  1. to charm; fascinate
  2. to delude; influence by slyness
  3. (often foll by of or out of) to deprive (someone) of something by trickery; cheat (someone) of
  4. to pass pleasantly; while away

c.1400, present participle adjective from beguile.


early 13c., from be- + guile (v.). Related: Beguiled; beguiling.

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