Definition of -wise in English:


Pronunciation /wīz/ /waɪz/

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  • 1Forming adjectives and adverbs of manner or respect such as clockwise, otherwise.

    Compare with -ways

    1. 1.1informal With respect to; concerning.
      • ‘security-wise, there are few problems’


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


From wise.