Wise a. [Compar. Wiser superl. Wisest.]
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. --Shak.
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 Brentford? --Shak.
4. Hence, prudent; calculating; shrewd; wary; subtle; crafty. [R.] “Thou art . . . no novice, but a governor wily and wise.”
Nor, on the other side,
Will I be penuriously wise
As to make money, that's my slave, my idol. --Beau. & Fl.
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 wise deport.”
To make it wise, to make it a matter of deliberation. [Obs.] “We thought it was not worth to make it wise.” --Chaucer.
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. --Ford.
You are too wise in years, too full of counsel,
For my green experience. --Ford.