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verb (used with or without object) Archaic.
  1. to know.
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Origin of wis

1500–10; by false analysis of iwis as I wis I know; see wit2


or Wisc

  1. Wisconsin.
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Examples from the Web for wis

Historical Examples

  • Kam Edward the olde,Faire man he was and wis, stalworth and bolde.

    Coronation Anecdotes

    Giles Gossip

  • “Soothly, that wis I not,” said the illuminator rather drily.

  • Nay, good mother, I wis I have well said in praying you to rejoice rather.

    Mistress Margery

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • And with her a fair throng of gentlemen—what they have done I wis not.

    Robin Tremayne

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • "It's verra likely—she wis no' runnin' so sweet," he confessed.

    Tam O' The Scoots

    Edgar Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for wis


  1. archaic to know or suppose (something)
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Word Origin

C17: a form derived from iwis, mistakenly interpreted as I wis I know, as if from Old English witan to know


abbreviation for
  1. Wisconsin
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