Etymology 1


wis (comparative more wis, superlative most wis)

(rare, obsolete or dialectal) Certainly, surely

(rare, obsolete or dialectal) Really, truly

(rare, obsolete or dialectal) Indeed


wis (comparative more wis, superlative most wis)

(rare, obsolete or dialectal) Certain

(rare, obsolete or dialectal) Sure

Etymology 2


wis (third-person singular simple present wis, present participle -, simple past -, past participle wissed or wist)

(obsolete or archaic) To know.

(obsolete or archaic) To think, suppose.

(obsolete or archaic) To imagine, ween; to deem.



Source: Wiktionary

Wis, adv. Etym: [Aphetic form of iwis, ywis; or fr. Icel. viss certain. See Ywis.]

Definition: Certainly; really; indeed. [Obs.] "As wis God helpe me." Chaucer.

Wis, v. t. Etym: [Due to mistaking OE. iwis certain, AS. gewiss, for I wis. See Ywis.]

Definition: To think; to suppose; to imagine; -- used chiefly in the first person sing. present tense, I wis. See the Note under Ywis. [Obs. or Poetic] "Howe'er you wis." R. Browning. Nor do I know how long it is (For I have lain entranced, I wis). Coleridge.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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