worldly-wise

adjective world·ly-wise \ ˈwərl(d)-lē-ˌwīz \

Definition of worldly-wise

:possessing a practical and often shrewd understanding of human affairs

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First Known Use of worldly-wise

15th century

Synonym Discussion of worldly-wise

sophisticated, worldly-wise, blasé mean experienced in the ways of the world. sophisticated often implies refinement, urbanity, cleverness, and cultivation.
    • guests at her salon were usually rich and sophisticated
worldly-wise suggests a close and practical knowledge of the affairs and manners of society and an inclination toward materialism.
    • a worldly-wise woman with a philosophy of personal independence
blasé implies a lack of responsiveness to common joys as a result of a real or affected surfeit of experience and cultivation.
    • blasé travelers who claimed to have been everywhere

WORLDLY-WISE Defined for English Language Learners

worldly-wise

adjective

Definition of worldly-wise for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing a lot of experience and knowledge about life and the world


WORLDLY-WISE Defined for Kids

worldly-wise

adjective world·ly-wise \ ˈwərld-lē-ˌwīz \

Definition of worldly-wise for Students

:aware of and having knowledge about the things and ways of this world


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