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savvy

[sav-ee]Informal.
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adjective, sav·vi·er, sav·vi·est.
  1. experienced, knowledgable, and well-informed; shrewd (often used in combination): consumers who are savvy about prices;a tech-savvy entrepreneur.
noun
  1. Also sav·vi·ness. practical understanding; shrewdness or intelligence; common sense: a candidate who seemed to have no political savvy.
verb (used with or without object), sav·vied, sav·vy·ing.
  1. to know; understand.

Origin of savvy

1775–85; < Spanish sabe, present 3rd singular of saber to know < Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient
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Historical Examples

  • Then Johnny savvies Injun talk pretty well and you're sure to run across them or their camps.

    Dick in the Everglades

    A. W. Dimock


British Dictionary definitions for savvies

savvy

verb -vies, -vying or -vied
  1. to understand or get the sense of (an idea, etc)
  2. no savvy I don't (he doesn't, etc) understand
noun
  1. comprehension
adjective -vier or -viest
  1. mainly US shrewd; well-informed

Word Origin

C18: corruption of Spanish sabe (usted) (you) know, from saber to know, from Latin sapere to be wise
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Word Origin and History for savvies

savvy

n.

1785, "practical sense, intelligence;" also a verb, "to know, to understand;" West Indies pidgin borrowing of French savez(-vous)? "do you know?" or Spanish sabe (usted) "you know," both from Vulgar Latin *sapere, from Latin sapere "be wise, be knowing" (see sapient). The adjective is first recorded 1905, from the noun. Related: Savvily; savviness.

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