[ wahyz ]
/ waɪz /
adjective, wis·er, wis·est.
having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.
characterized by or showing such power; judicious or prudent: a wise decision.
possessed of or characterized by scholarly knowledge or learning; learned; erudite: wise in the law.
having knowledge or information as to facts, circumstances, etc.: We are wiser for their explanations.
Slang. informed; in the know: You're wise, so why not give us the low-down?
Archaic. having knowledge of magic or witchcraft.
verb (used with object), wised, wis·ing.
Slang. to make wise or aware: I'll wise you, kid.
wise up, Slang. to make or become aware of a secret or generally unknown fact, situation, attitude, etc.: They wised him up on how to please the boss. She never wised up to the fact that the joke was on her.
Words nearby wise
Idioms for wise
- to become informed.
- to be or become presumptuous or impertinent: Don't get wise with me, young man!
be/get wise to, Slang. to be or become cognizant of or no longer deceived by; catch on: to get wise to a fraud.
get wise, Slang.
put/set someone wise, Slang. to inform a person; let a person in on a secret or generally unknown fact: Some of the others put him wise to what was going on.
Origin of wise1
before 900; Middle English (adj.), Old English wīs; cognate with Dutch wijs, German weise, Old Norse vīss, Gothic -weis; akin to wit1
OTHER WORDS FROM wisewise·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for get wise (1 of 2)
/ (waɪz) /
possessing, showing, or prompted by wisdom or discernment
shrewd; craftya wise plan
aware, informed, or knowing (esp in the phrase none the wiser)
slang (postpositive often foll by to) in the know, esp possessing inside information (about)
archaic possessing powers of magic
slang, mainly US and Canadian cocksure or insolent
be wise or get wise (often foll by to) informal to be or become aware or informed (of something) or to face up (to facts)
put wise (often foll by to) slang to inform or warn (of)
See wise up
Derived forms of wisewisely, adverbwiseness, noun
Word Origin for wise
Old English wīs; related to Old Norse vīss, Gothic weis, German weise
British Dictionary definitions for get wise (2 of 2)
/ (waɪz) /
archaic way, manner, fashion, or respect (esp in the phrases any wise, in no wise)
Word Origin for wise
Old English wīse manner; related to Old Saxon wīsa, German Weise, Old Norse vīsa verse, Latin vīsus face
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Idioms and Phrases with get 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
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