One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Forming adjectives and adverbs of manner or respect such as clockwise, otherwise.Compare with -ways
- 1.1informal With respect to; concerning.‘security-wise, there are few problems’
- 1.1informal With respect to; concerning.
In modern English the suffix -wise is attached to nouns to form a sentence adverb meaning ‘concerning or with respect to’, as in confidence-wise, tax-wise, price-wise, time-wise, news-wise, and culture-wise. The suffix is very productive and widely used in modern English but most of the words so formed are considered inelegant or not good English style
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