Definition of -wise in English:

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-wise

suffix

1Forming adjectives and adverbs of manner or respect such as clockwise, otherwise. Compare with -ways.
1.1 informal With respect to; concerning: security-wise, there are few problems

Usage

In modern English, the suffix -wise is attached to nouns to form a sentence adverb meaning ‘concerning or with respect to,’ as in tax-wise, money-wise, time-wise, etc. The suffix is widely used, but most of the words so formed are not considered appropriate in formal writing.

Origin

From wise2.

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Syllabification: -wise

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