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Definition of "worldly-wise" []

  • Experienced in the ways of the world. (adjective)
  • Understanding the world and therefore difficult to shock or deceive (adjective)

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Use "worldly-wise" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "Upon their return from the wilderness, our young vagrants are transformed or reformed into worldly-wise Westerners."
  • "He went to a two-year trade school instead of high school, but I always thought of him as very worldly-wise and intelligent."