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The Collaborative Dictionary

Wis \Wis\, adv. [Aphetic form of iwis, ywis; or fr. Icel. viss certain. See Ywis.] Certainly; really; indeed. [Obs.] "As wis God helpe me." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
Wis \Wis\, v. t. [Due to mistaking OE. iwis certain, AS. gewiss, for I wis. See Ywis.] 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. [1913 Webster] Nor do I know how long it is (For I have lain entranced, I wis). --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]


Verb form

  1. First person singular present tense of wissen.

Old English


Common *wisaz, whence also Old High German wīs, Old Norse víss






Usage notes

Use wis with singular pronouns & plural nouns, otherwise use wis or wir with plural pronouns.

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