(obsolete or archaic) To know.
(rare, obsolete or dialectal) Indeed.
(rare, obsolete or dialectal) Certain.
(rare, obsolete or dialectal) Sure.
Origin of Wis
From an incorrect division, mistaking iwis (“certain") for I wis (“I know"). See ywis for more information. The German verb wissen appears similar, but in fact corresponds etymologically to the English verb wit; both of those verbs are only indirectly related to this one.
From Middle English wis (“certain, sure"), from an aphetic form of Middle English iwis, ywis (“certain, sure") (from Old English Ä¡ewiss (“certain, sure")), or of North Germanic origin, akin to Icelandic viss (“certain"). More at ywis.
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