Definition of -wise in English:



  • 1Forming adjectives and adverbs of manner or respect such as clockwise, otherwise.

    Compare with -ways
    1. 1.1informal With respect to; concerning.
      ‘security-wise, there are few problems’


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


From wise.