wiz·​ard·​ly | \ ˈwi-zərd-lē How to pronounce wizardly (audio) \

Definition of wizardly

1 : having characteristics of a wizard
2 : marvelous in construction or operation uses wizardly circuitry to distort imagesTime

Examples of wizardly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Any history of video must begin with the wizardly Korean innovator Nam June Paik (1932-2006), who is widely acknowledged as the medium’s founding father. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, "A Pioneering Video-Art Curator Chronicles the Medium in “Video/Art: The First Fifty Years”," 14 Feb. 2020 But Kansas City still won the game, simply because their wizardly QB conjured a handful of unthinkable big plays when things broke down. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "There’s No Good Way to Defend the Chiefs’ Offense—But the Ravens Have a Good Idea," 18 Sep. 2019 This inspired team bends time to its will with an imagination and discipline that leave room for nary a glitch, making five hours of performance pass in a wizardly wink of an eye. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Raises the Bar for Broadway Magic," 22 Apr. 2018 Score another internet point for J.K. Rowling, who manages to always keep Twitter fun...and with plenty of wizardly references to spare. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "J.K. Rowling Trolls Donald Trump With a "Harry Potter" Reference," 21 Apr. 2018 The wizardly motif was prevalent for a good reason; the Harry Potter series conveys a theme of resistance, one that's similar to the fight for change today. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Best "Harry Potter" Signs at the March for Our Lives," 25 Mar. 2018 Today regular people avail themselves of wizardly tools like smartphones to help inform decision-making around environmental impacts. Mary Ellen Hannibal, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Wizard and the Prophet,’ by Charles C. Mann," 12 Jan. 2018 Thank goodness for Dave Grohl and his 30-second cameo as a weird, wizardly wolf man who transports Beckett to a speakeasy via portal, only to be abandoned by Mooney yet again. Sophie Israelsohn, Billboard, "Dave Grohl Plays The Weird Wolf Man in Unaired 'SNL' Digital Short," 18 Dec. 2017 According to the book, the wizardly progeny, including Harry Potter's young son Albus, get whisked away on the Hogwarts Express from the station’s imaginary Platform 9 ¾ at 11 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2017. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, "#19YearsLater: Harry Potter Fans Live Out Final Book’s Ending," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of wizardly

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wizardly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wizardly. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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