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From Middle English worldwis, from Old English woruldwīs (worldwise, worldly-wise, learned), equivalent to world +‎ wise.


worldwise (comparative more worldwise, superlative most worldwise)

  1. Knowledgeable about the world; worldly-wise; sophisticated; experienced.
    • 1671, Basilius Valentinus, chapter 3, in Daniel Cable, transl., Of Natural and Supernatural Things[1], London: Moses Pitt, page 50:
      Those who are highly conceited, illuminated, and world-wise, hate, envy, scandalize, defame and persecute this Mystery to the utmost Rind, or innermost Kernel, which hath its beginning out of the Center []
    • 1891, Arthur Conan Doyle, chapter 12, in The White Company[2], London: Smith, Elder & Co., published 1909, page 141:
      An older and more world-wise man might have been puzzled by her varying moods, her sudden prejudices, her quick resentment at all constraint and authority.
    • 1919, Saki, “The Purple of the Balkan Kings”, in The Toys of Peace and Other Papers[3], London: John Lane, page 281:
      Luttpold Wolkenstein, financier and diplomat on a small, obtrusive, self-important scale, sat in his favoured café in the world-wise Habsburg capital, confronted with the Neue Freie Presse and the cup of cream-topped coffee and attendant glass of water that a sleek-headed piccolo had just brought him.
    • 1994, U.S. News & World Report:
      Experience that’s worldwide and worldwise. It’s a difference that’s helped us make friends with a world full of travelers.

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