Wise vs Craft - What's the difference?

wise | craft |

As an acronym wise

is (aviation|nautical) (adjective).

As a proper noun craft is


Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Etymology 1

From (etyl) wis, wys, from (etyl) . Cognate with Dutch wijs, German weise, Swedish vis. Compare wit.


  • Showing good judgement or the benefit of experience.
  • Storing extra food for the winter was a wise decision.
    They were considered the wise old men of the administration.
    "It is a profitable thing, if one is wise , to seem foolish" - Aeschylus
  • (colloquial) Disrespectful.
  • Don't get wise with me!
    Usage notes
    * Objects: person, decision, advice, counsel, saying, etc.
    * unwise * foolish
    Derived terms
    * crack wise * wisdom * wiseacre * wise apple * wiseass * wisecrack * wise guy * wise-hearted * wiseling * wiselike * wiseness * wizen * wizard * word to the wise


  • To become wise.
  • (ergative, slang) Usually with "up", to inform or learn.
  • Mo wised him up about his situation.
    ''After Mo had a word with him, he wised up.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (archaic) Way, manner, method.
  • * 1850 , The Burden of Nineveh , lines 2-5
  • ... the prize
    Dead Greece vouchsafes to living eyes, —
    Her Art for ever in fresh wise
    From hour to hour rejoicing me.
  • * 1866 , , A Ballad of Life , lines 28-30
  • A riven hood was pulled across his eyes;
    The token of him being upon this wise
    Made for a sign of Lust.
  • * 1926 , J. S. Fletcher, Sea Fog , page 308
  • And within a few minutes the rest of us were on our way too, judiciously instructed by Parkapple and the Brighton official, and disposed of in two taxi-cabs, the drivers of which were ordered to convey us to Rottingdean in such wise that each set his load of humanity at different parts of the village and at the same time that the bus was due to arrive at the hotel.
    Derived terms
    * -wise

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) .


  • (dialectal) to instruct
  • (dialectal) to advise; induce
  • (dialectal) to show the way, guide
  • (dialectal) to direct the course of, pilot
  • (dialectal) to cause to turn
  • craft



  • (lb) Strength; power; might.
  • (lb) Ability]]; dexterity; skill, especially skill in making plans and carrying them into execution; dexterity in [[manage, managing affairs; adroitness; practical cunning.
  • *(Ben Jonson) (1572-1637)
  • *:A poem is the work of the poet; poesy is his skill or craft of making.
  • *(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) (1807-1882)
  • *:Since the birth of time, throughout all ages and nations, / Has the craft of the smith been held in repute.
  • (lb) Cunning, art, skill, or dexterity applied to bad purposes; artifice; guile; subtlety; shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception.
  • *(Thomas Hobbes) (1588-1679)
  • *:You have that crooked wisdom which is called craft .
  • *(Bible), (w) xiv.1:
  • *:The chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft , and put him to death.
  • (lb) A device; a means; an art; art in general.
  • The skilled practice of a practical occupation.
  • The members of a trade collectively; guild.
  • :
  • Implements used in catching fish, such as net, line, or hook. Modern use primarily in whaling, as in harpoons, hand-lances, etc.
  • * “An Act for encouraging and regulating Fi?heries”, in Acts and Laws of the State of Connecticut, in America , T. Green (1784), [http://books.google.com/books?id=ywc4AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA79&dq=craft p.79]:
  • *:And whereas the continual Interruption of the Cour?e and Pa??age of the Fi?h up the Rivers, by the daily drawing of Seins and other Fi?h-Craft , tends to prevent their Increa?e,
  • *1869 April 27, C. M. Scammon, Edward D. Cope (editor), “On the Cetaceans of the Western Coast of North America”, in Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia , Volume 21, [http://books.google.com/books?id=9IEOAQAAIAAJ&pg=RA1-PA46&dq=craft p.46]:
  • :The whaling craft consists of harpoons, lances, lines, and sealskin buoys, all of their own workmanship.
  • * (Charles Boardman Hawes), “A Boy Who Went Whaling”, in The Highest Hit: and Other Selections by Newbery Authors ,[http://books.google.com/books?id=xZC5QKSqW8UC ] Gareth Stevens Publishing (2001), ISBN 9780836828566, p.47:
  • *:From the mate’s boat they removed, at his direction, all whaling gear and craft except the oars and a single lance.
  • *1950 , in Discovery Reports , Volume 26,[http://books.google.com/books?id=GFgqAAAAMAAJ ] Cambridge University Press, p.318:
  • *:Temple, a negro of New Bedford, who made ‘whalecraft’, that is, was a blacksmith engaged in working from iron the special utensils or ‘craft ’ of the whaling trade.
  • *1991 , Joan Druett, Petticoat Whalers: Whaling Wives at Sea, 1820–1920 , University Press of New England (2001), ISBN 978-1-58465-159-8, [http://books.google.com/books?id=lwfRQFIeBYMC&pg=PA55&dq=craft p.55]:
  • *:The men raced about decks collecting the whaling craft and gear and putting them into the boats, while all the time the lookouts hollered from above.
  • (lb) Boats, especially of smaller size than ships. Historically primarily applied to vessels engaged in loading or unloading of other vessels, as lighters, hoys, and barges.
  • #(lb) A woman.
  • #*
  • #*:“A tight little craft ,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; and she looked it, always trim and trig and smooth of surface like a converted yacht cleared for action.
  • Those vessels attendant on a fleet, such as cutters, schooners, and gun-boats, generally commanded by lieutenants.
  • A vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space.
  • A particular kind of skilled work.
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  • Usage notes

    The unchanged plural is used if the word means vehicle(s) . Otherwise the regular plural is used.

    Derived terms

    * aircraft * craft beer, craft brewery * Cardcraft * gentle craft * gypsycraft * hovercraft * roadcraft * spacecraft * spellcraft * spycraft * statecraft * warcraft * watercraft * witchcraft


    * (skill at work) craftsmanship, workmanship * (nautical sense) * (vehicle) * (kind of skilled work) trade * (shrewdness) craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, wiliness


    (en verb)
  • To make by hand and with much skill.
  • To construct, develop something (like a skilled craftsman): "state crafting", "crafting global policing".
  • References

    * Krueger, Dennis (December 1982). "Why On Earth Do They Call It Throwing?" Studio Potter Vol. 11, Number 1.[http://www.studiopotter.org/articles/?art=art0001] English invariant nouns