from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- suffix In a specified manner, direction, or position: clockwise.
- suffix With reference to; in regard to: profitwise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- suffix in the direction or orientation of
- suffix in the manner of
- suffix in the matter of; with regard to
Middle English, from Old English -wīsan, from -wīse, manner; see wise2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From wise ("way, manner"). (Wiktionary)