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  1. wise as to the affairs of this world.
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Origin of worldly-wise

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for worldly-wise

aware, cosmopolitan, cultured, enlightened, experienced, knowing, knowledgeable, learned, mature, seasoned, sophisticated, urbane, worldly, cultivated

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Historical Examples of worldly-wise

  • Percolation is a slow process in the hard head of the worldly-wise.

    Waiting for Daylight

    Henry Major Tomlinson

  • Then this by Hogarth is entirely wise and right; but worldly-wise, not divine.

  • Johnny seemed much more expert and worldly-wise than either of us.

    On the Stairs

    Henry B. Fuller

  • They were all dirty and ragged, and the faces of many were old and worldly-wise.

  • Most of these worldly-wise counsels were not given directly to Jennie.

    Jennie Gerhardt

    Theodore Dreiser