Overwise

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Overwise Too wise; affectedly wise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overwise Too wise; affectedly wise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Overwise ō-vėr-wīz′ wise overmuch: affectedly wise
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Usage

In literature:

I have seen the old carle before: he was dwelling in the wildwood because he was overwise to live with other folk.
"The Well at the World's End" by William Morris
The explanations, apologies, and not overwise conversation that ensued need not be indicated here.
"Selected Stories" by Bret Harte
Believe me, you overwise men, with all your wisdom, never learn rightly to understand women.
"The Daughter of an Empress" by Louise Muhlbach
He is not overwise, but has a certain amount of talent, and any quantity of ridiculous self-conceit.
"Caught In The Net" by Emile Gaboriau
He has just left the university, does not deem himself overwise, but believes he knows more than other people.
"The Sorrows of Young Werther" by J.W. von Goethe
You are so jealous and suspicious, as persons overwise or guilty use to be.
"Sermons on Evil-Speaking" by Isaac Barrow
They smoke, drink, and tell improper stories with demure expression and heads a little on one side like overwise sparrows.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
The bee-folk are overwise, I know, and I mean to take no chances of their leaving.
"Then Marched the Brave" by Harriet T. Comstock
The explanations, apologies, and not overwise conversation that ensued need not be indicated here.
"Short Story Classics (American) Vol. 2" by Various
Pure, present content is seldom overwise.
"Faith Gartney's Girlhood" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
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In poetry:

Why should the world be overwise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
"We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
You shall remember quiet ways
Watching them fade, and quiet eyes,
And two hearts given up to love,
A foolish and an overwise.
"With Flowers" by Francis Ledwidge
Rain me sweet odors on the air,
And wheel me up my Indian chair,
And spread some book not overwise
Flat out before my sleepy eyes.
"Midsummer" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Tell wit how much it wrangles
In tickle points of niceness;
Tell wisdom she entangles
Herself in overwiseness:
And when they do reply,
Straight give them both the lie.
"The Lie" by Sir Walter Raleigh