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  1. with a knowing or thoughtful expression; in a way that suggests careful reflection: By way of response, my father only puffed on his pipe and nodded sagely.

  2. in a wise or judicious way; insightfully: As someone has sagely pointed out, today's idiot will be tomorrow's beacon of truth.

  1. Rare. wise or judicious; insightful: A lot of people think that, like a sagely seaman who acquires wisdom and whiskers as his years trickle away on the sea, all traditions gain value as they age.

Origin of sagely


Words Nearby sagely Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sagely in a sentence

  • Prick the bladder with a needle every so often,” she advises sagely, “to keep it from exploding.

  • "It's curious how attached one gets to a dog," said Perry sagely, resuming his rocking from heel to toe and toe to heel.

  • I would back the intelligence against the accomplishments any day, said Hester, sagely.

    Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
  • "Well, you'd better look out you don't get landed yourself," said Mollie sagely.

  • "Some one ought to give Mr. Kerry the tip to get out and not give evidence," remarked Sibley sagely.

  • It fully explained his eccentricities, John reflected sagely, as he mixed himself a grog.

    Tales and Fantasies | Robert Louis Stevenson