worldly-wise

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Experienced in the ways of the world.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Wise with reference to the affairs of this world.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Wise in regard to things of this world.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective experienced in the ways of the world; sophisticated and cosmopolitan

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective experienced in and wise to the ways of the world

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Examples

  • Upon their return from the wilderness, our young vagrants are transformed or reformed into worldly-wise Westerners.

    Ben Colclough: Why Do We Travel?

  • But what of the complacency of older generations: the worldly-wise who've "been there, done that" with drugs or think they have.

    It's older people's attitude to drugs that is a killer | Barbara Ellen

  • He went to a two-year trade school instead of high school, but I always thought of him as very worldly-wise and intelligent.

    Martin Chalfie - Autobiography

  • I couldn't tell if they were supposed to be consciously playing the naifs or not; everyone had at least hit their mid-twenties — and obviously thought of themselves as “worldly-wise” types to no small degree — so I wasn't quite sure how to take this.

    Ennui

  • I couldn't tell if they were supposed to be consciously playing the naïfs or not; everyone had at least hit their mid-twenties — and obviously thought of themselves as “worldly-wise” types to no small degree — so I wasn't quite sure how to take this.

    Boredom & Ennui

  • Upon their return from the wilderness, our young vagrants are transformed or reformed into worldly-wise Westerners.

    Ben Colclough: Why Do We Travel?

  • Apparently when sophistry was being bandied about as a pre-Socratic school of philosophy in ancient Greece someone who set out to become worldly-wise long ago they came back with new ideas on religion, societal mores and sexual alternatives, thus becoming perverted and corrupted to the values and practices of their own culture.

    Tim Hanni: Pervsion, Corruption and Wine Appreciation

  • Apparently when sophistry was being bandied about as a pre-Socratic school of philosophy in ancient Greece someone who set out to become worldly-wise long ago they came back with new ideas on religion, societal mores and sexual alternatives, thus becoming perverted and corrupted to the values and practices of their own culture.

    Tim Hanni: Pervsion, Corruption and Wine Appreciation

  • To cause to become less natural, esp. to make less naïve and cause to be worldly-wise.

    Tim Hanni: Pervsion, Corruption and Wine Appreciation

  • It will be the sort of day when his inexperience hangs heavily, but if he wants to feel worldly-wise, he only has to glance across at Ajmal Shahzad.

    England's Steven Finn at home but Ajmal Shahzad has capital capers

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