Definitions for wisewaɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wisewaɪz(adj.)wis•er, wis•est

  1. (adj.)having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.

  2. characterized by or showing such power; judicious or prudent:

    a wise decision.

  3. possessed of or characterized by scholarly knowledge or learning; learned; erudite:

    wise in the law.

  4. knowing; informed:

    to be the wiser for it.

  5. Archaic. having knowledge of magic or witchcraft.

  6. (v.)wise up,Slang. to make or become aware or enlightened.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for wise:

  1. be or get wise to,Slang. to be or become cognizant of; learn.

    Category: Idiom

  2. get wise, Slang. to become informed. to be presumptuous or impertinent.

    Category: Idiom

  3. put or set someone wise,Slang. to inform someone, esp. about confidential information.

    Category: Idiom, Status (usage)

Origin of wise:

bef. 900; ME (adj.), OE wīs, c. OFris, OS, OHG wīs, ON vīss, Go -weis; akin to wit1



  1. way of proceeding or considering; manner; fashion (usu. used in combination or in certain phrases):

    otherwise; in no wise.

Origin of wise:

bef. 900; ME; OE wīse way, manner, melody, c. OS wīsa, OHG wīs(a), ON vīsa; akin to Gk eîdos form, shape, and to wit2

wise*waɪz(v.t.)wised, wis•ing.

  1. to instruct. to induce or advise. to show the way to; guide.

    Category: Scottish

  2. to direct the course of; cause to turn.

    Category: Scottish

* Chiefly Scot..

Origin of wise:

bef. 900; ME; OE wīsian, akin to wīswise1; c. OHG wīsan, ON vīsa


  1. Isaac Mayer, 1819–1900, U.S. rabbi, born in Bohemia: founder of Reform Judaism in the U.S.

    Category: Biography

  2. Stephen Samuel, 1874–1949, U.S. rabbi and Zionist leader, born in Hungary.

    Category: Biography


  1. a suffixal use of wise2 in adverbs denoting manner, position, direction, reference, etc.:

    clockwise; edgewise; marketwise; timewise.

    Category: Affix, Usage Note

* Usage: The suffix -wise is old in the language in adverbs referring to manner, direction, etc.: crosswise; lengthwise. Coinages like marketwise, saleswise, and weatherwise are often criticized, perhaps because of their association with the news and entertainment media: Moneywise, as they were already saying in the motion-picture industry, Hollywood was at its peak. This suffix should not be confused with the adjective wise1, which appears in such compounds as streetwise and worldly-wise.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wise(noun)

    a way of doing or being

    "in no wise"; "in this wise"

  2. Wise, Stephen Samuel Wise(noun)

    United States Jewish leader (born in Hungary) (1874-1949)

  3. Wise, Isaac Mayer Wise(adj)

    United States religious leader (born in Bohemia) who united reform Jewish organizations in the United States (1819-1900)

  4. wise(adj)

    having or prompted by wisdom or discernment

    "a wise leader"; "a wise and perceptive comment"

  5. judicious, wise, heady(adj)

    marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters

    "judicious use of one's money"; "a wise decision"

  6. knowing, wise(p), wise to(p)(adj)

    evidencing the possession of inside information

  7. fresh, impertinent, impudent, overbold, smart, saucy, sassy, wise(adj)

    improperly forward or bold

    "don't be fresh with me"; "impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup"; "an impudent boy given to insulting strangers"; "Don't get wise with me!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wise(adjective)ɪz

    ≠ unwise

    a wise decision; a wise woman; It wouldn't be wise to walk home this late at night.

  2. wiseɪz

    not knowing or understanding

    I was none the wiser after she explained it to me.; Spend your money wisely.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wise

    having knowledge; knowing; enlightened; of extensive information; erudite; learned

  2. Wise

    hence, especially, making due use of knowledge; discerning and judging soundly concerning what is true or false, proper or improper; choosing the best ends and the best means for accomplishing them; sagacious

  3. Wise

    versed in art or science; skillful; dexterous; specifically, skilled in divination

  4. Wise

    hence, prudent; calculating; shrewd; wary; subtle; crafty

  5. Wise

    dictated or guided by wisdom; containing or exhibiting wisdom; well adapted to produce good effects; judicious; discreet; as, a wise saying; a wise scheme or plan; wise conduct or management; a wise determination

  6. Wise

    way of being or acting; manner; mode; fashion


  1. Wise

    Wise is a town in Wise County, Virginia, United States. The population was 3,286 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Wise County. It was originally incorporated as the town of Gladeville in 1874. The town's name was changed to Wise in 1924. Wise is named after Henry A. Wise, the last Virginia governor before the American Civil War. The town is also the home of the University of Virginia's College at Wise.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wise' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4724

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wise' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3375

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wise' in Adjectives Frequency: #524

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