adjective, wis·er, wis·est.
verb (used with object), wised, wis·ing.
- to become informed.
- to be or become presumptuous or impertinent: Don't get wise with me, young man!
Origin of wise1
Synonyms for wise
Antonyms for wise
Examples from the Web for wisely
Contemporary Examples of wisely
I called it “ding-dong diplomacy”; Governor Richardson wisely pointed out that “basketball diplomacy” is better than none.Pyongyang Primer: Kenneth Bae Comes Home
November 15, 2014
Of course he did, probably having been wisely instructed by his African American parents that the police are not his friend.When Police Violence Gets Personal
October 5, 2014
Goldman, wisely, does not raise a raft of questions that drown a writer in the answering.Mexico City: Francisco Goldman’s Other Lost Love
September 25, 2014
Wisely, we did, and then made for a small café that served a clientele of recently stranded refugees.Watching ISIS Come to Power Again
September 7, 2014
The old showbiz saying is “you gotta have a gimmick,” and Minaj has wisely gotten a few.Nicki Minaj’s Ass-tastic ‘Anaconda’ Video and the Curse of the Butt Career
August 21, 2014
Historical Examples of wisely
Aspasia said wisely, that the spirit of beauty flows in, only where the proportions are harmonious.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
These guaranties must be sacredly preserved and wisely strengthened.
This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously.
Johnny stared, opened his mouth to speak, then wisely closed it and did as he was bidden.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
She wisely waited to do that until he was dead; so it came on only a year ago.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Word Origin for wise
Word Origin for wise
Old English wis, from Proto-Germanic *wisaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian wis, Old Norse viss, Dutch wijs, German weise "wise"), from past participle adjective *wittos of PIE root *weid- "to see," hence "to know" (see vision). Slang meaning "aware, cunning" first attested 1896. Related to the source of Old English witan "to know, wit."
A wise man has no extensive knowledge; He who has extensive knowledge is not a wise man. [Lao-tzu, "Tao te Ching," c.550 B.C.E.]
Wise guy is attested from 1896, American English. Wisenheimer, with mock German or Yiddish surname suffix, first recorded 1904.
"way of proceeding, manner," Old English wise, ultimately from the same source as wise (adj.). Cf. Old Saxon wisa, Old Frisian wis, Danish vis, Middle Dutch wise, Dutch wijs, Old High German wisa, German Weise "way, manner." Most common in English now as a suffix (e.g. likewise). For sense evolution from "to see" to "way of proceeding," cf. cognate Greek eidos "form, shape, kind," also "course of action." Ground sense is "to see/know the way."
In addition to the idioms beginning with wise
- wise guy
- wise up to
- get wise to
- none the wiser
- penny wise and pound foolish
- put wise
- sadder but wiser
- word to the wise