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Wise, adj. 1) experienced, skilful: “take counsel of some --r head,” Pilgr. 303. “the --st beholder . . . could not say if the importance were joy or sorrow,” Wint. V, 2, 18. “in these nice sharp quillets of the law . . . I am no --r than a daw,” H6A II, 4, 18. (cf. Ado V, 1, 166, where the words 'the gentleman is w.' are explained by 'he hath the tongues'). a w. woman == a woman skilled in hidden arts, as fortune-telling, palmistry etc.: Wiv. IV, 5, 27. Wiv. IV, 5, 27 Tw. III, 4, 114. cf. “the --st aunt,” Mids. II, 1, 51.
2) endowed with, or showing, sound judgment; sage, judicious, sensible, discreet: “the spirits of the w. sit in the clouds and mock us,” H4B II, 2, 155. “what the w. powers deny us for our good,” Ant. II, 1, 6. Meas. III, 1, 113. V, 475. Mids. III, 1, 151. Merch. I, 1, 96. R2 I, 3, 276. III, 2, 178 and H6C V, 4, 1. III, 1, 25. “strike the w. dumb and teach the fool to speak,” Ven. 1146. “old and yet not w.” Lucr. 1550. “lest the w. world should look into your moan,” Sonn. 71, 13. “be w. as thou art cruel,” 140, 1. Tp. II, 2, 77. V, 294. Gent. I, 1, 41. II, 4, 15. IV, 2, 41. IV, 3, 13. Wiv. I, 3, 32. II, 3, 10. II, 3, 10 II, 3, 10 IV, 5, 82. Meas. I, 2, 103. II, 1, 57. II, 1, 57 II, 4, 14. III, 2, 145. III, 2, 145 Err. IV, 3, 76. V, 217. Ado II, 3, 29. Ado II, 3, 29 Ado II, 3, 29 Ado II, 3, 29 Ado II, 3, 29 LLL I, 2, 143. II, 18. V, 2, 76. Merch. III, 2, 101. As I, 1, 26. Shr. II, 267 (cf. Wit). Wint. I, 2, 262. Troil. IV, 5, 257. Hml. I, 2, 6. Oth. II, 3, 193. Cymb. III, 4, 121 etc. etc. “a w. gentleman,” Ado V, 1, 166, according to Dyce, == wiseacre.
--r, adverbially: “thou speakest --r than thou art ware of,” As II, 4, 58.
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