- 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
- Historical having knowledge of black magic, etc.
- annoyingly self-assured, knowing, conceited, etc.
- impudent; fresh
Origin of wiseMiddle English wis from OE, 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 v?das, knowledge, Classical Greek idris, knowing, Classical Latin videre, to see
be (or get) wise to
- to become aware of the true facts or circumstances
- to become impudent
put someone wise (to)
the (three) Wise Men