adjective, sag·er, sag·est.
Origin of sage1
Examples from the Web for sagely
"I didn't say they warn't dangerous," returned Latimer, sagely holding his head to one side.In the Van; or, The Builders|John Price-Brown
"Berhaps id peen a healthy thing to stayed avay dot islands from," observed Hans, sagely.Frank Merriwell's Cruise|Burt L. Standish
At a much later time in life he might have written, sagely and sadly, "Every man desireth to live long, but no man would be old."Library Notes|A. P. Russell
He came of a bad stock, people said sagely, adding that what was bred in the bone was bound to come out in the flesh.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901|Lucy Maud Montgomery
I would back the intelligence against the accomplishments any day, said Hester, sagely.Those Dale Girls|Frank Weston Carruth
British Dictionary definitions for sagely (1 of 2)
Word Origin for sage
British Dictionary definitions for sagely (2 of 2)
Word Origin for sage
Word Origin and History for sagely (1 of 4)
"wise," c.1300 (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French sage "wise, knowledgeable, learned; shrewd, skillful" (11c.), from Gallo-Romance *sabius, from Vulgar Latin *sapius, from Latin sapere "have a taste, have good taste, be wise," from PIE root *sap- "to taste" (see sap (n.1)). Meaning "characterized by wisdom" is from 1530s. Related: Sageness.
Word Origin and History for sagely (2 of 4)
kind of herb (Salvia officinalis), early 14c., from Old French sauge (13c.), from Latin salvia, from salvus "healthy" (see safe (adj.)). So called for its healing or preserving qualities (it was used to keep teeth clean and relieve sore gums, and boiled in water to make a drink to alleviate arthritis). In English folklore, sage, like parsley, is said to grow best where the wife is dominant. In late Old English as salvie, directly from Latin. Cf. German Salbei, also from Latin.
Word Origin and History for sagely (3 of 4)
"man of profound wisdom," mid-14c., from sage (adj.). Originally applied to the Seven Sages -- Thales, Solon, Periander, Cleobulus, Chilon, Bias, and Pittacus.