sage

1
[seyj]
noun
  1. a profoundly wise person; a person famed for wisdom.
  2. someone venerated for the possession of wisdom, judgment, and experience.
adjective, sag·er, sag·est.
  1. wise, judicious, or prudent: sage advice.

Origin of sage

1
1250–1300; Middle English (noun and adj.) < Old French < Late Latin sapidus wise, tasteful (Latin: tasty), equivalent to sap(ere) to know, be wise, orig. to taste (see sapient) + -idus -id4
Related formssage·ly, adverbsage·ness, noun

Synonyms for sage

Antonyms for sage

1. fool.
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Examples from the Web for sager

Historical Examples of sager

  • At first, Sager was terrified when he learned what had happened to him.

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  • He went down, and Sager was on top of him before he struck the floor.

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  • Outnumbered and overpowered, it seemed as though Sager had no chance.

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  • Pederson was still fumbling for his gun, and Sager hadn't yet started for his.

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  • Somehow, Sager managed to get one hand on the gun, twisting it.

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British Dictionary definitions for sager

sage

1
noun
  1. a man revered for his profound wisdom
adjective
  1. profoundly wise or prudent
  2. obsolete solemn
Derived Formssagely, adverbsageness, noun

Word Origin for sage

C13: from Old French, from Latin sapere to be sensible; see sapient

sage

2
noun
  1. a perennial Mediterranean plant, Salvia officinalis, having grey-green leaves and purple, blue, or white flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
  2. the leaves of this plant, used in cooking for flavouring
  3. short for sagebrush

Word Origin for sage

C14: from Old French saulge, from Latin salvia, from salvus safe, in good health (from the curative properties attributed to the plant)
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Word Origin and History for sager

sage

adj.

"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.

sage

n.1

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.

sage

n.2

"man of profound wisdom," mid-14c., from sage (adj.). Originally applied to the Seven Sages -- Thales, Solon, Periander, Cleobulus, Chilon, Bias, and Pittacus.

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