Etymology
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worldly (adj.)

Old English woruldlic "earthly, secular," from the roots of world and like (adj.). A common Germanic compound (Old Frisian wraldlik, Old Saxon weroldlik, Middle Dutch wereldlik, German weltlich, Old Norse veraldligr). Worldly-wise is recorded from c. 1400.

updated on April 08, 2014

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Definitions of worldly from WordNet

worldly (adj.)
characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world;
worldly goods and advancement
Synonyms: secular / temporal
worldly (adj.)
very sophisticated especially because of surfeit; versed in the ways of the world;
the benefits of his worldly wisdom
Synonyms: blase
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