Origin of weather-wise

First recorded in 1350–1400, weather-wise is from the late Middle English word wederwise. See weather, wise1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for weather-wise

Historical Examples of weather-wise

  • A northwester was blowing, and the weather-wise said that there would be snow ere morning.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • The Sailor who was most weather-wise of all could not understand it.

  • Those who are weather-wise say that fine weather is at hand.

    In Pastures Green

    Peter McArthur

  • He was as weather-wise as an old shepherd; there was no fear of his being mistaken.

    The Blood of the Arena

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • No frost yet, but the weather-wise predicted one before long.

    Second String

    Anthony Hope

British Dictionary definitions for weather-wise


  1. skilful or experienced in predicting weather conditions
  2. skilful or experienced in predicting trends in public opinion, reactions, etc
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