wisdom, n. 1. sagacity, sageness, sapience, penetration, perceptiveness, discernment; sound judgment, clear thinking, clearheadedness, common sense, rationality; understanding, intelligence, brains, Inf. gray matter, SI. smarts; judiciousness, judgment, perspicacity, perspicaciousness, acumen; reason, sense, Inf. horse sense, astuteness, perspicuity; intellectuality, prescience, depth, reach of thought, wit, mother wit; long-headedness, shrewdness, foresight, providence, prudence.
2. learning, erudition, knowledge, enlightenment; scholarship, education, attainment.
wise1, adj. 1. sagacious, sage, intelligent, discerning, penetrating, perceptive; perspicacious, percipient, insightful, sapient, long-headed, shrewd; smart, rational, reasonable, gash, judicious, politic, prudent, discreet, commonsensical; sensible, sound, sane, well-balanced, balanced; bright, brilliant, sharp-witted, quick-witted, competent, capable; gifted, talented, well-endowed, brainy, sapiential.
2. educated, learned, enlightened, instructed, well-schooled; well-read, versed, knowledgeable, erudite; philosophical, Solomonic, pansophic, deep, profound; knowing, lettered, scholarly, deep-thinking, bookish.
3. Slang, informed, SI. hip, SI. hep, SI. in the know, knowing, up on; posted, briefed, instructed, up-to-date, Fr. au courant.
4. advisable, well-advised, expedient, politic; fit, seeming, proper, meet, decorous; judicious, commendable, desirable, fitting, befitting; strategic, safe, diplomatic, calculated, careful, tactful, well-thought-out.
5. Slang, impudent, insolent, impertinent, saucy, fresh, pert; disrespectful, rude, Inf. smart, Inf. smart-alecky, Inf. cocky, Dial, sassy.
wise2, n. way, manner, fashion, mode, method, procedure, course; approach, attack, technique.
wiseacre, n. smart aleck, wise guy, SI. smartie, SI. smartie pants, wisenheimer, know-it-all, SI. wise ass, SI. smart ass; witling, SI. punk, wise fool.
wise man, n. sage, philosopher, philosophe, scholar, savant, pundit, learned man; Solomon, Solon, Hinduism. rishi, Class Myth. Nestor; oracle, authority, expert; venerable, wise old man, rabbi, pantologist, theorist; guru, mandarin, mahatma, thinker, doctor; elder statesman, elder, luminary, Archaic, illuminate.
wish, v. 1. desire, long for, desiderate, want; yearn for, hope for, care for, pine for, sigh for; hanker after, have a yen for, covet, fancy, have a fancy for; have an eye to, be attracted to, have a mind to, have at heart, be bent upon; be inclined towards, be prone to, be predisposed towards, prefer; aspire to, set one's heart on; crave, hunger, thirst, relish; burn for, Inf be wild or mad about, SI. have the hots for, Inf. letch after.
-n. 2. desire, longing, wishing, desideration, want, wanting; yearning, hope, hoping, pining, sighing; hankering, Inf yen, SI. itch, fondness, liking, fancy; eagerness, ardor, craving, keenness, avidity, passion; appetency, appetite, thirst, hunger; predilection, inclination, preference, predisposal, predisposition, bent, leaning, disposition; mind, will, whim.
wishful, adj. desirous, desiring, longing, yearning, hankering, desiderative; wishing, pining, hoping, hopeful, in hopes, expectant, anticipative, anticipatory, optimistic.
wishy-washy, adj. 1. weak, thin, watery, runny, watered-down, diluted, cut, stretched, attenuated, (of liquor) Scot. shilpit; pappy, paplike, milk-and-water, soppy, sodden; insipid, jejune, pallid, SI. nothing, SI. blah; bland, tasteless, flavorless, flat, stale, dead, Fr. fade.