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 The sonic effects — all the stereo panning, the way the drums shimmer, that omnipresent wah-wah guitar — are placed with wizardly detail. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 20 Apr. 2021 At the tables, alas, his wizardly command of game theory keeps knocking up against the limits of his people skills. John Domini, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 To begin wrapping your mind around Jacob Collier, the wizardly English singer-songwriter-arranger-producer, the place to start is not a recording or a music video or a concert. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 25 Mar. 2018 See More

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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 27 Jun. 2022.

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