Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1formal Wise, or attempting to appear wise.
wise, sensible, prudent, politic, shrewd, astute, canny, sagacious, common-sense, commonsensical, sound, well advised, well judged, well thought out, considered, thoughtful, perceptive, discerning, clear-sighted, insightful, far-sighted, percipient, discriminating, informed, intelligent, clever, enlightened, logical, rationalView synonyms
- ‘This may sound extremely unfair to our esteemed police force, to the hardworking prosecutors at the Attorney General's Office and the sapient judges who preside over our courts.’
- ‘One thing though, I'd never before so personally perceived nature's absolute mastery at using the unwitting collaboration of its sapient members to mimic its fungal elements.’
- ‘The attentive and sapient reader will no doubt see what's coming here.’
- ‘One was meant, as I'm sure the sapient looseletter will have noticed, for much finer things, much more noble pursuits.’
- ‘At the very far end of the rostrum one could just discern a tribunal of sapient figures seated around a table.’
- 1.1 (chiefly in science fiction) intelligent.‘sapient life forms’
penetrating, acute, sharp, sharp-witted, razor-sharp, keen, rapier-like, astute, shrewd, trenchant, piercing, perceptive, insightful, percipient, perspicacious, discerning, analytical, intelligent, canny, clever, smart, quickView synonyms
- ‘In the wake of their travels, they have left half of the galaxy devoid of sapient life, primarily through the use of their Marauder starships.’
2Relating to the human species ("Homo sapiens")‘our sapient ancestors of 40,000 years ago’
- ‘Perhaps in a brief quiet contemplation that this same view was experienced by our modern sapient ancestors over 164,000 years ago.’
A human of the species "Homo sapiens"
- ‘As for my fellow sapients, I have no desire to control their actions.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin sapient- being wise from the verb sapere.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.