- having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.
- characterized by or showing such power; judicious or prudent: a wise decision.
- possessed of or characterized by scholarly knowledge or learning; learned; erudite: wise in the law.
- having knowledge or information as to facts, circumstances, etc.: We are wiser for their explanations.
- Slang. informed; in the know: You're wise, so why not give us the low-down?
- Archaic. having knowledge of magic or witchcraft.
- Slang. to make wise or aware: I'll wise you, kid.
- wise up, Slang. to make or become aware of a secret or generally unknown fact, situation, attitude, etc.: They wised him up on how to please the boss. She never wised up to the fact that the joke was on her.
- be/get wise to, Slang. to be or become cognizant of or no longer deceived by; catch on: to get wise to a fraud.
- get wise, Slang.
- to become informed.
- to be or become presumptuous or impertinent: Don't get wise with me, young man!
- put/set someone wise, Slang. to inform a person; let a person in on a secret or generally unknown fact: Some of the others put him wise to what was going on.
Origin of wise1
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- possessing, showing, or prompted by wisdom or discernment
- prudent; sensible
- shrewd; craftya wise plan
- well-informed; erudite
- aware, informed, or knowing (esp in the phrase none the wiser)
- slang (postpositive often foll by to) in the know, esp possessing inside information (about)
- archaic possessing powers of magic
- slang, mainly US and Canadian cocksure or insolent
- be wise or get wise (often foll by to) informal to be or become aware or informed (of something) or to face up (to facts)
- put wise (often foll by to) slang to inform or warn (of)
- See wise up
- archaic way, manner, fashion, or respect (esp in the phrases any wise, in no wise)
Word Origin and History for wiser
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."
Idioms and Phrases with wiser
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