Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[wurld-lee-wahyz] /ˈwɜrld liˈwaɪz/
wise as to the affairs of this world.
Origin of worldly-wise
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for worldly-wise
Historical Examples
  • 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 John Ruskin
  • 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 Theodore Dreiser
  • She was an eminently good woman, but very far from worldly-wise.

    Pietro Ghisleri F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
  • She was energetic by nature, selfish by philosophy, clever and worldly-wise by training.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • Behind that worldly-wise, satirical mask was she mocking at him?

    The Grain Of Dust David Graham Phillips
  • Here the wife exclaimed, “How worldly-wise these English are!”

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • Mr. Lucas might be worldly-wise, but here I knew better than he.

    Esther Rosa Nouchette Carey

Word of the Day

Nearby words for worldly-wise

Word Value for worldly

Scrabble Words With Friends