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
Related Words for wisestsensible, experienced, careful, wary, knowledgeable, educated, informed, shrewd, aware, thoughtful, perceptive, sane, astute, rational, judicious, enlightened, prudent, well-informed, smart, sound
Examples from the Web for wisest
Contemporary Examples of wisest
In the end, I decided that the wisest approach would be to simply let Westlake speak for himself.Donald E. Westlake, The Man With The Getaway Face
October 25, 2014
Placing limits on the filibuster is the wisest course for any senator who cares about the institution's future.Cato's Case Against the Filibuster
December 21, 2012
Sometimes the wisest choice is recognizing that we won't find the "real answer."Should We Cap Guns at Six Bullets?
December 17, 2012
Because, Michelle asserted, presidents can have the wisest advisers in the world.Michelle Obama’s Iron Fist, Velvet Glove Convention Speech
September 5, 2012
Even King Hussein of Jordan, one of the wisest leaders of his generation in the world was enamored of Saddam.The Last Time We Fought Iran
July 6, 2012
Historical Examples of wisest
How many things are there in the world in which the wisest of us can ill descry the hand of God!Weighed and Wanting
Really, I am pleased with you for that, and it is the wisest thing you ever did in your life.The Imaginary Invalid
I have found it wisest to let him have his own way in times like these.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
The ships did not get clear without some trouble, and we thought it wisest to shift our berth.
The pirates wished clearly to be unknown, and it was wisest to let them think they were so.
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