worldly-wise
adjective Date: 15th century possessing a practical and often shrewd understanding of human affairs Synonyms: see sophisticated

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • worldly-wise — adjective a worldly wise person has a lot of experience and knowledge of life …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Worldly-wise — World ly wise , a. Wise in regard to things of this world. Bunyan. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • worldly-wise — worldly, *sophisticated, blasé, disillusioned …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • worldly-wise — [wʉrld′lēwīz′] adj. wise in the ways or affairs of the world; sophisticated …   English World dictionary

  • worldly-wise — [ US ˈÂ|Â| Â|] adj having a lot of experience and knowledge about life so that you are not easily shocked or deceived ≠ naïve …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • worldly-wise — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having sufficient experience not to be easily shocked or deceived …   English terms dictionary

  • worldly-wise — UK / US adjective a worldly wise person has a lot of experience and knowledge of life Cara was more worldly wise than her friends …   English dictionary

  • worldly-wise — ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as worldly wise, you mean they are experienced and know about the practical or social aspects of life, and are not easily shocked or impressed …   English dictionary

  • worldly wise — knowing how to survive, having street smarts    You ve lived on the streets of LA. You re worldly wise. You re hip …   English idioms

  • worldly-wise — adj sophisticated, cosmopolitan, Sl. cosmo, urbane; knowing, Sl. wise, wise in the ways of the world, Sl. been around; worldly, Fr. au courant, Sl. hip, Sl. cool, Sl. with it …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • worldly wise — Synonyms and related words: blase, cosmopolitan, cosmopolite, experienced, knowing, mature, matured, not born yesterday, old, practiced, ripe, ripened, sagacious, seasoned, sophisticated, tried, tried and true, veteran, world wise, worldly …   Moby Thesaurus

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