adjective sager, sagest
- wise, discerning, judicious, etc.
- showing wisdom and good judgment: a sage comment
- Obsolete grave or solemn
OFr < VL *sapius < L sapiens, wise, orig. prp. of sapere, to know, taste < IE base *sap-, to taste > ON safi, sap, sefi, mind
a very wise person; esp., an elderly man, widely respected for his wisdom, experience, and judgment