- wise as to the affairs of this world.
Origin of worldly-wise
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for worldly-wise
Percolation is a slow process in the hard head of the worldly-wise.Waiting for Daylight
Henry Major Tomlinson
Then this by Hogarth is entirely wise and right; but worldly-wise, not divine.Ariadne Florentina
Johnny seemed much more expert and worldly-wise than either of us.On the Stairs
Henry B. Fuller
They were all dirty and ragged, and the faces of many were old and worldly-wise.
Most of these worldly-wise counsels were not given directly to Jennie.Jennie Gerhardt