- 1Forming adjectives and adverbs of manner or respect such as clockwise, otherwise. Compare with -ways.
In modern English the suffix -wise is attached to nouns to form a sentence adverb meaning ‘concerning or with respect to’, as in confidence-wise, tax-wise, price-wise, time-wise, news-wise, and culture-wise. The suffix is very productive and widely used in modern English but most of the words so formed are considered inelegant or not good English style.
More definitions of -wiseDefinition of -wise in:
- The US English dictionary