noun \ˈwīz\

Definition of WISE

:  manner, way <in any wise>

Origin of WISE

Middle English, from Old English wīse; akin to Old High German wīsa manner, Greek eidos form, idein to see — more at wit
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with WISE



: having or showing wisdom or knowledge usually from learning or experiencing many things

: based on good reasoning or information : showing good sense or judgment

: saying things that are rude or insulting


Full Definition of WISE

a :  characterized by wisdom :  marked by deep understanding, keen discernment, and a capacity for sound judgment
b :  exercising or showing sound judgment :  prudent <a wise investor>
a :  evidencing or hinting at the possession of inside information :  knowing
b :  possessing inside information <the police got wise to his whereabouts>
c :  crafty, shrewd
d :  aware of or informed about a particular matter —usually used in the comparative in negative constructions with the <was none the wiser about their plans>
archaic :  skilled in magic or divination
:  insolent, smart-alecky, fresh <a tough kid with a wise mouth>
wise·ly adverb
wise·ness noun

Examples of WISE

  1. I'm a little wiser now than I was back then.
  2. The wisest course of action would be to leave.
  3. That was a wise choice.
  4. Many have benefited from her wise counsel.

Origin of WISE

Middle English wis, from Old English wīs; akin to Old High German wīs wise, Old English witan to know — more at wit
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of WISE

wise, sage, sapient, judicious, prudent, sensible, sane mean having or showing sound judgment. wise suggests great understanding of people and of situations and unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with them <wise beyond his tender years>. sage suggests wide experience, great learning, and wisdom <the sage advice of my father>. sapient suggests great sagacity and discernment <the sapient musings of an old philosopher>. judicious stresses a capacity for reaching wise decisions or just conclusions <judicious parents using kindness and discipline in equal measure>. prudent suggests exercise of the restraint of sound practical wisdom and discretion <a prudent decision to wait out the storm>. sensible applies to action guided and restrained by good sense and rationality <a sensible woman who was not fooled by flattery>. sane stresses mental soundness, rationality, and levelheadedness <remained sane even in times of crises>.



Definition of WISE

transitive verb
:  to give instruction or information to :  teach —usually used with up <wise him up about procedures>
intransitive verb
:  to become informed or knowledgeable :  learn —used with up

First Known Use of WISE




Definition of WISE

transitive verb
chiefly Scottish
a :  direct, guide
b :  advise, persuade
chiefly Scottish :  to divert or impel in a given direction :  send

Origin of WISE

Middle English, from Old English wīsian; akin to Old Norse vīsa to show the way, Old English wīs wise
First Known Use: before 12th century


biographical name \ˈwīz\

Definition of WISE

Stephen Samuel 1874–1949 Am. (Hung.-born) rabbi


biographical name

Definition of WISE

Thomas James 1859–1937 Eng. bibliophile & forger


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