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 wiser
Contemporary Examples of wiser
He describes himself as “lonelier, but wiser, with a bit of rage in me.”Meet Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, aka L. Jinny, the Ali G of Evil
August 26, 2014
Viewers leave with a grin, but are no wiser about the frightening symptoms of ALS.#IceBucketChallenge Wisdom From 'Jackass' Steve-O
August 21, 2014
Though a wiser writer might have gently let me know how that is the very sign that meant I would have to write about it.Who Has the Right to Write About War?
Emily Gray Tedrowe
July 12, 2014
Jetha and Ryan, with boldness, humor, and high style, offer a better, wiser, and healthier alternative.New Year’s Reading List: Books to Transform Your Sad Life
January 1, 2014
But, if that ever was his inclination, wiser men—like Khamenei —prevailed.Gamechanger: Inside the Historic Iran Nuclear Deal
November 24, 2013
Historical Examples of wiser
And can you expect the youth of Athens to be wiser than their gods?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Philip, you are older and wiser than I, and have shown already that you understand her.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
"Then perhaps she may be wiser by this time," Hester suggested.Weighed and Wanting
It was possible, then, that it were wiser the girl should be removed.Within the Law
He will be wiser than the doctors, for he will not go and ask their help.The Imaginary Invalid
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