See also: wise, Wise, and WISE



From Middle English -wis, from Old English -wīs ‎(-wise), related to wīs ‎(manner, way, fashion). More at wise ‎(way, manner).




  1. in the direction or orientation of
    The gaoler slowly turned the key clockwise.
  2. in the manner of
  3. in the matter of; with regard to
    This morning is promising weather-wise.

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From wīse ‎(manner, way, condition, direction).


-wīse f

  1. (noun suffix) state of, manner of, condition; direction
    rihtwīse "righteousness, justice", from riht "just, right"
    cnihtwīse "boyishness", from cniht "boy, youth"
    cynewīse "commonwealth, state", from cyne "public, nation, kindred"
    lēoþwīse "poetry, verse", from lēoþ "song, tune, poem"
    bēagwīse "sphere, circular form", from bēag "ring, hoop, circle"
  2. (noun suffix) the custom or fashion of
    mynsterwīse "monastic custom", from mynster "minister"
    fierdwīse, fyrdwīse "military style", from fierd, fyrd "militia"
  3. (adverbial suffix) in the manner or fashion of; in the direction of
    hysewīse "like a young man", from hyse "son, youth"


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