verb (used with or without object) Archaic.

to know.

Origin of wis

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


or Wisc

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Examples from the Web for wis

Historical Examples of wis

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

  • “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



archaic to know or suppose (something)

Word Origin for wis

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


abbreviation for

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