worldly-wise


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world·ly-wise

(wûrld′lē-wīz′)
adj.
Experienced in the ways of the world.

worldly-wise

adj
understanding the world and therefore difficult to shock or deceive

world′ly-wise′



adj.
wise as to the affairs of this world.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.worldly-wise - experienced in and wise to the ways of the world
sophisticated - having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire; "sophisticated young socialites"; "a sophisticated audience"; "a sophisticated lifestyle"; "a sophisticated book"

worldly-wise

adjective experienced, knowing, worldly, sophisticated A more worldly-wise man would have seen through him at once.
innocent, naive, inexperienced, callow, unsophisticated, unworldly, ingenuous, jejune

worldly-wise

adjective
Experienced in the ways of the world; lacking natural simplicity:
Translations

worldly-wise

[ˈwɜːldlɪˈwaɪz] ADJde mundo, que conoce mundo

worldly-wise

adjweltklug

worldly-wise

[ˌwɜːldlɪˈwaɪz] adjdi mondo
References in classic literature ?
If he had probed to the bottom of his vanity (as he sometimes nearly did) he would have found there the wish that his wife should be as worldly-wise and as eager to please as the married lady whose charms had held his fancy through two mildly agitated years; without, of course, any hint of the frailty which had so nearly marred that unhappy being's life, and had disarranged his own plans for a whole winter.
Yes, but there's no time to read nowadays; a fellow has to keep scratching round to make money or he's nobody," cut in Charlie, trying to look worldly-wise.
The dreams of childhood - its airy fables; its graceful, beautiful, humane, impossible adornments of the world beyond: so good to be believed in once, so good to be remembered when outgrown, for then the least among them rises to the stature of a great Charity in the heart, suffering little children to come into the midst of it, and to keep with their pure hands a garden in the stony ways of this world, wherein it were better for all the children of Adam that they should oftener sun themselves, simple and trustful, and not worldly-wise - what had she to do with these?
This might--let it be repeated--have awakened some little vague mistrust in a man more worldly-wise than the Golden Dustman.
It is a bustling, lively little town; not very picturesque on the whole, it is true, but there are many quaint nooks and corners to be found in it, nevertheless - standing arches in the shattered bridge of Time, over which our fancy travels back to the days when Marlow Manor owned Saxon Algar for its lord, ere conquering William seized it to give to Queen Matilda, ere it passed to the Earls of Warwick or to worldly-wise Lord Paget, the councillor of four successive sovereigns.
But I hope her ordeal teaches all of us to research thoroughly the places we visit - and become more worldly-wise.
Worldly-wise young teenagers might need something more hard hitting about the pitfalls of growing into womanhood in the twenty-first century.
And whether you were a fresher or worldly-wise third-year, there was something for everyone, with discounts ranging from 20% off at some of the stores.
He's coped with it very well and shown he's a little bit more worldly-wise than the other boys.
Because of that, he was far from worldly-wise,' Kang said.
It is great that the Government has recognised the fact that older people not only have a great deal of life experience, but also remain astute, savvy and worldly-wise.