OTHER WORDS FOR wise
Idioms about wise
- to become informed.
- to be or become presumptuous or impertinent: Don't get wise with me, young man!
Origin of wise1
OTHER WORDS FROM wisewise·ly, adverb
Other definitions for wise (2 of 5)
Origin of wise2
Other definitions for wise (3 of 5)
- to instruct.
- to induce or advise.
- to show the way to; guide.
Origin of wise3
Other definitions for wise (4 of 5)
Other definitions for wise (5 of 5)
words often confused with -wise
WORDS THAT USE -WISE
What does -wise mean?
Examples of -wise
An example of a word you may have encountered that features –wise is clockwise, “in the direction of the rotation of the hands of a clock.”
The clock– part of the word refers, of course, to the device that tells time. We know that –wise means “direction.” Clockwise literally translates to “in the direction of a clock,” i.e., in rotation from the left to the right.
What are some words that use the combining form –wise?
- termwise (using the equivalent form of –wise in Middle English)
What are some other forms that –wise may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that ends with the exact letters –wise, such as worldly-wise or overwise, is necessarily using the suffix –wise to denote “direction.” Learn why overwise means “too smart” at our entry for the word.
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Given the meaning of the suffix –wise, what does edgewise mean?
How to use wise in a sentence
This is the Mexico that U.S. college students would be wise to steer clear of on spring break.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I did a piece for Elle about the effort to remake her into an elegant presence fashion-wise.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kendrick rapidly chants these last lines in repetition with Bilal and Anna Wise sing-shouting behind him, like a rallying cry.Kendrick Lamar Shuts Down ‘The Colbert Report’ with Untitled Track|Charlise Ferguson|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But most women do the walk with their man, even if they later wise up and decide to leave him after all.
Florida, with its large seasonal migrations of northeasterners, is also now a wine-wise state.
The most High hath created medicines out of the earth, and a wise man will not abhor them.
A wise man hateth not the commandments and justices, and he shall not be dashed in pieces as a ship in a storm.
She is quite true, but not wise, and your left hand must not know what your right hand is doing.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
There are three things a wise man will not trust: the wind, the sunshine of an April day, and woman's plighted faith.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
It's an idle question, I know; wise men and musty philosophers say that regrets are foolish.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for wise (1 of 3)
Derived forms of wisewisely, adverbwiseness, noun
Word Origin for wise
British Dictionary definitions for wise (2 of 3)
Word Origin for wise
British Dictionary definitions for wise (3 of 3)
Word Origin for -wise
Other Idioms and Phrases with wise
In addition to the idioms beginning with wise
- wise guy
- wise up to
- get wise to
- none the wiser
- penny wise and pound foolish
- put wise
- sadder but wiser
- word to the wise