wis

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See also: -wis and Wis.

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /waɪs/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪs

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English wis (certain, sure), from an aphetic form of Middle English iwis, ywis (certain, sure) (from Old English ġewiss (certain, sure)), or of North Germanic origin, akin to Icelandic viss (certain). Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *gawissaz. More at iwis.

Adverb[edit]

wis (comparative more wis, superlative most wis)

  1. (rare, obsolete or dialectal) Certainly, surely
    • 1884, Charlotte Mary Yonge, The armourer's prentices:
      So I wis would the Dragon under him [...]
  2. (rare, obsolete or dialectal) Really, truly
  3. (rare, obsolete or dialectal) Indeed
    • Chaucer
    As wis God helpe me.

Adjective[edit]

wis (comparative more wis, superlative most wis)

  1. (rare, obsolete or dialectal) Certain
  2. (rare, obsolete or dialectal) Sure
    He was wis on his word.
    I am wis that it will happen.

Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From an incorrect division, mistaking iwis (certain) for I wis (I know). See ywis for more information. The German verb wissen appears similar, but in fact corresponds etymologically to the English verb wit; both of those verbs are only indirectly related to this one.

Verb[edit]

wis (third-person singular simple present wis, present participle -, simple past -, past participle wist or wissed)

  1. (obsolete or archaic) To know.
    • 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II, Scene ix[1]:
      "The fire seven times tried this:
      Seven times tried that judgement is,
      That did never choose amiss.
      Some there be that shadows kiss:
      Such have but a shadow's bliss.
      There be fools alive, I wis,
      Silver'd o'er; and so was this.
      I will ever be your head:
      So be gone: you are sped."
  2. (obsolete or archaic) To think, suppose.
    • R. Browning
    Howe'er you wis.
  3. (obsolete or archaic) To imagine, ween; to deem.
    • Coleridge
    Nor do I know how long it is (For I have lain entranced, I wis).

Anagrams[edit]


Afrikaans[edit]

Verb[edit]

wis

  1. preterite of weet; knew

Chuukese[edit]

Noun[edit]

wis

  1. duty, responsibility

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Adjective[edit]

wis (not comparable)

  1. sure, certain
    een wisse dood — a certain death
Inflection[edit]
Inflection of wis
uninflected wis
inflected wisse
comparative
positive
predicative/adverbial wis
indefinite m./f. sing. wisse
n. sing. wis
plural wisse
definite wisse
partitive wis

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

wis f or m (plural wissen, diminutive wisje n)

  1. twig
  2. bundle, bunch
  3. short for wisdoek (dishcloth)

Etymology 3[edit]

Verb[edit]

wis

  1. first-person singular present indicative of wissen
  2. imperative of wissen

Gothic[edit]

Romanization[edit]

wis

  1. Romanization of 𐍅𐌹𐍃

Javanese[edit]

Javanese register set
ꦏꦮꦶ (kawi): sampun
ꦏꦿꦩꦲꦶꦁꦒꦶꦭ꧀ (krama inggil): pun
ꦏꦿꦩꦲꦤ꧀ꦝꦥ꧀ (krama andhap): wis

Adverb[edit]

wis

  1. already

Old Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wīsaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- (to see, to know).

Adjective[edit]

wīs

  1. wise

Inflection[edit]


Descendants[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • wīs”, in Oudnederlands Woordenboek, 2012

Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wīsaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weydstos (knowledgeable), an extension of *weyd- (to see, to know). Akin to Old High German wīs and Old Norse víss.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

wīs

  1. wise
    Homō sapiēns is on Englisċ "wīs mann."
    Homo sapiens is "wise person" in English.

Declension[edit]

Weak Strong
case singular plural case singular plural
m n f m n f m n f
nominative wīsa wīse wīse wīsan nom. wīs wīse wīs wīsa, -e
accusative wīsan wīse wīsan acc. wīsne wīs wīse wīse wīs wīsa, -e
genitive wīsan wīsra, wīsena gen. wīses wīses wīsre wīsra
dative wīsan wīsum dat. wīsum wīsum wīsre wīsum
instrumental wīse

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]


Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wīsaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weydstos (knowledgeable), an extension of *weyd- (to see, to know). Akin to Old English wīs and Old Norse víss.

Adjective[edit]

wīs

  1. wise

Descendants[edit]


Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wīsaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weydstos (knowledgeable), an extension of *weyd- (to see, to know). Akin to Old English wīs, Old High German wīs and Old Norse víss.

Adjective[edit]

wīs

  1. wise

Declension[edit]


Descendants[edit]


Scots[edit]

Verb[edit]

wis

  1. simple past tense of be

Usage notes[edit]

Use wis with singular pronouns & plural nouns, otherwise use wis, war or wir with plural pronouns.

See also[edit]


West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

wis

  1. certain, sure
  2. true
  3. safe, trustworthy

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of wis
uninflected wis
inflected wisse
comparative wisser
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial wis wisser it wist
it wiste
indefinite c. sing. wisse wissere wiste
n. sing. wis wisser wiste
plural wisse wissere wiste
definite wisse wissere wiste
partitive wis wissers

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • wis (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011