Wise, a. [OE. wise, AS. wse; akin to OS. wsa, OFries. ws, D. wijs, wijze, OHG. wsa, G. weise, Sw. vis, Dan. viis, Icel. ruvs 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.
To love her in my beste wyse.Chaucer.
This song she sings in most commanding wise.Sir P. Sidney.
Let not these blessings then, sent from above,Fairfax.
Abused be, or spilt in profane wise.
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.
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.
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