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Origin of anywise

before 1000; Middle English ani wise, Old English on ǣnige wīsan in any wise. See any, wise2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of anywise

  • As for the Romans, neither the captains nor the soldiers were in anywise worthy of their name.

    Stories From Livy

    Alfred Church

  • This did not shew that he cared much for our presence, or was in anywise interested in it.

  • Hath Alice been strangled, or in anywise hurt, by this wicked spirit?

  • This "want" of it never, of course, in anywise depending on its qualities.

  • Woe, in fact, to all who are clumsy or cowardly, or in anywise not ‘masters of the situation.’

    Prose Idylls

    Charles Kingsley

British Dictionary definitions for anywise


  1. mainly US in any way or manner; at all
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Word Origin and History for anywise

Old English ænige wisan, from any + wise (n.). One-word form from c.1200.

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