put wise (to)
Variant of wise
- having or showing good judgment; sagacious; prudent
- prompted by wisdom; judicious; sound: a wise saying, wise action
- having information; informed: none the wiser
- learned; erudite
- shrewd; crafty; cunning
- Now Dial. having knowledge of black magic, etc.
- ☆ Slang
- annoyingly self-assured, knowing, conceited, etc.
- impudent; fresh
Origin: Middle English wis ; from Old English akin to witan, to know, Old High German wis, Middle Dutch wijs ; from Proto-Germanic an unverified form wisa-, wise ; from Indo-European an unverified form weid- ; from base an unverified form w(e)di-, to see, know from source Sanskrit vēdas, knowledge, Classical Greek idris, knowing, Classical Latin videre, to see
- wisely adverb