- The definition of wise is someone who uses good judgment, has common sense or is well informed.
An example of wise is Gandhi.
wise definition by Webster's New World
- 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
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English akin to German weise (orig. sense probably “appearance”): for Indo-European base see wise
- Wise, Stephen Samuel 1874-1949; U.S. rabbi & Jewish leader, born in Hungary
- Wise, Thomas James 1859-1937; Eng. bibliophile, editor, & forger
- in a (specified) direction, position, or manner: lengthwise
- in a manner characteristic of: clockwise
- with regard to; in connection with: a revival of an earlier usage: budgetwise
Origin: ; from wise
wise definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective wis·er, wis·est
- Having the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; sagacious: a wise leader.
- a. Exhibiting common sense; prudent: a wise decision.b. Shrewd; crafty.
- Having great learning; erudite.
- Provided with information; informed. Used with to: was wise to the politics of the department.
- Slang Rude and disrespectful; impudent.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English wīs; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
- wiseˈly adverb
- wiseˈness noun
Origin: Middle English, from Old English wīse; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
, Stephen Samuel 1874-1949.
- In a specified manner, direction, or position: clockwise.
- With reference to; in regard to: profitwise.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English -wīsan, from -wīse, manner; see wise2.Usage Note: The suffix -wise has a long history of use to mean “in the manner or direction of,” as in clockwise, otherwise, and slantwise. Since the 1930s, however, the suffix has been widely used in the vaguer sense of “with respect to,” as in This has not been a good year saleswise. Taxwise, it is an unattractive arrangement. Since their introduction, these usages have been associated with informal prose, and they are still considered by many to be awkward. For this reason, they might best be avoided, especially in formal writing. The most obvious alternative is to use paraphrases, as in This has not been a good year with respect to sales. As far as taxes are concerned, it is an unattractive arrangement.
wise - Phrases/Idioms
be (or get) wise toâ
get wiseâ Slang
- to become aware of the true facts or circumstances
- to become impudent
put someone wise (to)â