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Definition: Wise in years
, a. [Compar. Wiser
; superl. Wisest
.] [OE. wis,
AS. w[=i]s; akin to OS. & OFries. w[=i]s, D. wijs, G. weise,
OHG. w[=i]s, w[=i]si, Icel. v[=i]ss, Sw. vis, Dan. viis,
Goth. weis; akin to wit, v. i. See Wit
, v., and cf.
1. Having knowledge; knowing; enlightened; of extensive
information; erudite; learned.
They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have
no knowledge. --Jer. iv. 22.
2. Hence, especially, making due use of knowledge; discerning
and judging soundly concerning what is true or false,
proper or improper; choosing the best ends and the best
means for accomplishing them; sagacious.
When clouds appear, wise men put their cloaks.
From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
which are able to make thee wise unto salvation. --2
Tim. iii. 15.
3. Versed in art or science; skillful; dexterous;
specifically, skilled in divination.
Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woman even now
with me; but she's gone.
Sim. Pray you, sir, was't not the wise woman of
4. Hence, prudent; calculating; shrewd; wary; subtle; crafty.
[R.] “Thou art . . . no novice, but a governor wily and
Nor, on the other side,
Will I be penuriously wise
As to make money, that's my slave, my idol. --Beau.
Lords do not care for me:
I am too wise to die yet. --Ford.
5. Dictated or guided by wisdom; containing or exhibiting
wisdom; well adapted to produce good effects; judicious;
discreet; as, a wise saying; a wise scheme or plan; wise
conduct or management; a wise determination. “Eminent in
To make it wise
, to make it a matter of deliberation.
[Obs.] “ We thought it was not worth to make it wise.”
Wise in years
, old enough to be wise; wise from age and
experience; hence, aged; old. [Obs.]
A very grave, state bachelor, my dainty one;
He's wise in years, and of a temperate warmth.
You are too wise in years, too full of counsel,
For my green experience. --Ford.