One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a wise old man’
sage, sagacious, intelligent, clever, learned, showing great knowledge, with great knowledge, knowledgeable, informed, enlightened
astute, shrewd, acute, sharp, sharp-witted, canny, knowing, sensible, prudent, discerning, judicious, penetrating, perceptive, full of insight, insightful, clear-sighted, percipient, perspicacious, perspicuous, owlish
well advised, well thought out, well judged, politic, expedient, strategic, tactical, far-sighted
rational, logical, sound, sane
British informal fly
rare sapient, argute
stupid, silly, foolish
‘I suppose Lucy put you wise’
tell, inform, notify, apprise, make aware, put in the picture, fill in, break the news to
warn, forewarn, alert
clue in, clue up, tip off, tip someone the wink
‘Alpine climbers have been wise to these techniques for years’
aware of, familiar with, acquainted with, cognizant of
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