Definition of -wise in English:


Syllabification: -wise


  • 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


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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.

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