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Language: Old English
Origin: -wisan, from wise 'way, method'

wise

3 suffix
     
wise3 , -wise
1

price-wise/time-wise etc

informal used for saying which feature of a situation you are referring to:
Time-wise we're not doing too badly.
2

crosswise/lengthwise etc

in a direction across something, along the length of something etc:
Cut the carrots lengthwise.

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