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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English wis, wys, from Old English wīs (wise), from Proto-Germanic *wīsaz (wise), from Proto-Indo-European *weydstos, *weydtos, a participle form of *weyd-. Cognate with Dutch wijs, German weise, Norwegian and Swedish vis. Compare wit.

AdjectiveEdit

wise (comparative wiser or more wise, superlative wisest or most wise)

  1. Showing good judgement or the benefit of experience.
    Storing extra food for the winter was a wise decision.
    They were considered the wise old men of the administration.
    "It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish" - Aeschylus
  2. (colloquial) Disrespectful.
    Don't get wise with me!
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  • For semantic relationships of this term, see wise in the Thesaurus.
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VerbEdit

wise (third-person singular simple present wises, present participle wising, simple past and past participle wised)

  1. To become wise.
  2. (ergative, slang) Usually with "up", to inform or learn.
    Mo wised him up about his situation.
    After Mo had a word with him, he wised up.

Etymology 2Edit

From Old English wīse, from Proto-Germanic *wīsō. Cognate with Dutch wijze, German Weise, Norwegian vis, Swedish visa, vis, Italian guisa, Spanish guisa. Compare -wise.

NounEdit

wise (plural wises)

  1. (archaic) Way, manner, method.
    • 1481, William Caxton, The History Reynard the Fox
      In such wise that all the beasts, great and small, came to the court save Reynard the Fox.
    • 1850, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Burden of Nineveh, lines 2-5
      ... the prize
      Dead Greece vouchsafes to living eyes, —
      Her Art for ever in fresh wise
      From hour to hour rejoicing me.
    • 1866, Algernon Swinburne, A Ballad of Life, lines 28-30
      A riven hood was pulled across his eyes;
      The token of him being upon this wise
      Made for a sign of Lust.
    • 1926, J. S. Fletcher, Sea Fog, page 308
      And within a few minutes the rest of us were on our way too, judiciously instructed by Parkapple and the Brighton official, and disposed of in two taxi-cabs, the drivers of which were ordered to convey us to Rottingdean in such wise that each set his load of humanity at different parts of the village and at the same time that the bus was due to arrive at the hotel.
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Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English wisen (to advise, direct), from Middle English wisian (to show the way, guide, direct), from Proto-Germanic *wīsaną, *wīsijaną (to show the way, dispense knowledge), from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- (to know). Cognate with Dutch wijzen (to indicate, point out), German weisen (to show, indicate), Danish and Norwegian Bokmål vise (to show), Norwegian Nynorsk visa (to show).

VerbEdit

wise (third-person singular simple present wises, present participle wising, simple past and past participle wised)

  1. (dialectal) to instruct
  2. (dialectal) to advise; induce
  3. (dialectal) to show the way, guide
  4. (dialectal) to direct the course of, pilot
  5. (dialectal) to cause to turn

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ContractionEdit

wise

  1. Contraction of wi se.