-wise

-wise

a suffixal use of wise2. in adverbs denoting manner, position, direction, reference, etc.: counterclockwise; edgewise; marketwise; timewise.
Compare -ways.

The suffix -wise is old in the language in adverbs referring to manner, direction, etc.: crosswise; lengthwise. Coinages like marketwise, saleswise, and weatherwise are often criticized, perhaps because of their association with the media: Otherwise—or moneywise, as they were already saying in the motion-picture industry—Hollywood was at the crest of its supercolossal glory. This suffix should not be confused with the adjective wise1, which appears in such compound words as streetwise and worldly-wise.
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-wise
 
adv combining form
1.  Also: -ways indicating direction or manner: clockwise; likewise
2.  with reference to: profitwise; businesswise
 
[Old English -wisan; see wise²]

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