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{{11}}wise (adj.) O.E. wis, from P.Gmc. *wisaz (Cf. O.S., O.Fris. wis, O.N. viss, Du. wijs, Ger. weise "wise"), from pp. adj. *wittos of PIE root *weid- "to see," hence "to know" (see VISION (Cf. vision)). Slang meaning "aware, cunning" first attested 1896. Related to the source of O.E. witan "to know, wit."
A wise man has no extensive knowledge; He who has extensive knowledge is not a wise man. [Lao-tzu, "Tao te Ching," c.550 B.C.E.]
Wise guy is attested from 1896, Amer.Eng. Wisenheimer, with mock German or Yiddish surname suffix, first recorded 1904.
{{12}}wise (n.) "way of proceeding, manner," O.E. wise, ultimately from the same source as WISE (Cf. wise) (adj.). Cf. O.S. wisa, O.Fris. wis, Dan. vis, M.Du. wise, Du. wijs, O.H.G. wisa, Ger. Weise "way, manner." Most common in English now as a suffix (e.g. LIKEWISE (Cf. likewise)). For sense evolution from "to see" to "way of proceeding," Cf. cognate Gk. eidos "form, shape, kind," also "course of action." Ground sense is "to see/know the way."

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