wise

The adjective wise describes someone who has experience and a deep understanding. Your wise older sister always gives the best advice.

When you make a decision based on careful thought and good judgment, you've made a wise choice. If someone calls you a wise guy, though, it's not a compliment: it's likely to be a criticism of your joke at someone else's expense or your rudeness. To wise off (or sometimes, to be wise), has a similar meaning: to talk back or be disrespectful.

Definitions of wise
  1. adjective
    having or prompted by wisdom or discernment
    “a wise leader”
    “a wise and perceptive comment”
    Synonyms:
    advisable
    worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent or wise
    advised, well-advised
    having the benefit of careful prior consideration or counsel
    politic
    marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness
    prudent
    careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
    all-knowing, omniscient
    infinitely wise
    perspicacious, sagacious, sapient
    acutely insightful and wise
    owlish
    resembling an owl; solemn and wise in appearance
    sapiential
    characterized by wisdom, especially the wisdom of God
    sage
    having wisdom that comes with age and experience
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    Antonyms:
    foolish
    devoid of good sense or judgment
    inadvisable, unadvisable
    not prudent or wise; not recommended
    ill-advised, unadvised
    without careful prior deliberation or counsel
    impolitic
    not politic
    imprudent
    not prudent or wise
    absurd, cockeyed, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous
    incongruous;inviting ridicule
    asinine, fatuous, inane, mindless, vacuous
    devoid of intelligence
    cockamamie, cockamamy, goofy, sappy, silly, wacky, whacky, zany
    ludicrous, foolish
    fond
    absurd or silly because unlikely
    harebrained, insane, mad
    very foolish
    ill-conceived, misguided
    poorly conceived or thought out
    rattlebrained, rattlepated, scatterbrained, scatty
    lacking sense or discretion
    unwise
    showing or resulting from lack of judgment or wisdom
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  2. adjective
    marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters
    “a wise decision”
    synonyms: heady, judicious
    prudent
    careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
  3. adjective
    evidencing the possession of inside information
    synonyms: knowing, wise to
    informed
    having much knowledge or education
  4. adjective
    improperly forward or bold
    “Don't get wise with me!”
    synonyms: fresh, impertinent, impudent, overbold, sassy, saucy, smart
    forward
    used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty
  5. noun
    a way of doing or being
    “in no wise
    “in this wise
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    type of:
    fashion, manner, mode, style, way
    how something is done or how it happens
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