wise

Wise \Wise\, a. [OE. wise, AS. w[=i]se; akin to OS. w[=i]sa, OFries. w[=i]s, D. wijs, wijze, OHG. w[=i]sa, G. weise, Sw. vis, Dan. viis, Icel. ["o]?ruv[=i]s otherwise; from the root of E. wit; hence, originally, knowledge, skill. See {Wit}, v., and cf. {Guise}.] Way of being or acting; manner; mode; fashion. ``All armed in complete wise.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster] To love her in my beste wyse. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] This song she sings in most commanding wise. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] Let not these blessings then, sent from above, Abused be, or spilt in profane wise. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster] Note: This word is nearly obsolete, except in such phrases as in any wise, in no wise, on this wise, etc. `` Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.'' --Ps. xxxvii. 8. ``He shall in no wise lose his reward.'' --Matt. x. 42. `` On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel.'' --Num. vi. 23. [1913 Webster] Note: Wise is often used as a suffix in composition, as in likewise, nowise, lengthwise, etc., in which words -ways is often substituted with the same sense; as, noways, lengthways, etc. [1913 Webster]