Years before Ethan Canin became my grad school adviser, I loved these wise, sad, elegant stories.
If you need to sober up very quickly, is it wise to do more cocaine, or less?
Also left unsaid by wise: Goodell was not initiating a law enforcement investigation.
For more coverage, Richard Miniter argues that not only was the killing legal—it was wise.
By accepting public oversight of any military action against the Assad regime, the president did something both humble and wise.
And here and on this wise let my fanciful tale about letters and teachers of letters come to an end.
Who finds not Providence all good and wise, Alike in what it gives, and what denies?
A wise man sometimes has to take his sentiments from a wiser woman.
Some of them, it is true, are wise enough to return for a wife.
"The determination is a wise one," said a voice at Daniel's elbow.
Old English wis, from Proto-Germanic *wisaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian wis, Old Norse viss, Dutch wijs, German weise "wise"), from past participle adjective *wittos of PIE root *weid- "to see," hence "to know" (see vision). Slang meaning "aware, cunning" first attested 1896. Related to the source of Old English witan "to know, wit."
A wise man has no extensive knowledge; He who has extensive knowledge is not a wise man. [Lao-tzu, "Tao te Ching," c.550 B.C.E.]Wise guy is attested from 1896, American English. Wisenheimer, with mock German or Yiddish surname suffix, first recorded 1904.
"way of proceeding, manner," Old English wise, ultimately from the same source as wise (adj.). Cf. Old Saxon wisa, Old Frisian wis, Danish vis, Middle Dutch wise, Dutch wijs, Old High German wisa, German Weise "way, manner." Most common in English now as a suffix (e.g. likewise). For sense evolution from "to see" to "way of proceeding," cf. cognate Greek eidos "form, shape, kind," also "course of action." Ground sense is "to see/know the way."
A person who exerts influence, esp in a covert way; operator: Grunewald, bigtime wirepuller in the tangled Washington bureaucracy (1833+)