worldly–wise

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

Definition of worldly–wise

  1. :  possessing a practical and often shrewd understanding of human affairs

15th Century

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

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

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

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

Definition of worldly–wise for Students

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

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