CBS wisely passed on an earlier version of the pilot Wilson created for the previous TV season.
You may want to look away but James and his camera, wisely, do not.
wisely, we did, and then made for a small café that served a clientele of recently stranded refugees.
George Washington had a chance to become king and wisely rejected the idea, with all its requisite foppery.
The spymasters are wisely reminding Israelis their country is strong and powerful, writes Bruce Riedel.
Paquita, with the wisdom of elder sisterhood, more than half believed she read the younger's heart, but wisely held her peace.
We could not wisely or reasonably do less than pay such prices.
And all the time Reckage was here—asking you, wisely enough, to marry him.
The others seeing what had occurred, wisely turned and made for the shore.
The house of Austria did not govern Spain as wisely as its predecessors.
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+)