- experienced, knowledgable, and well-informed; shrewd (often used in combination): consumers who are savvy about prices;a tech-savvy entrepreneur.
- Also sav·vi·ness. practical understanding; shrewdness or intelligence; common sense: a candidate who seemed to have no political savvy.
- to know; understand.
Origin of savvy
Examples from the Web for savvies
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
- to understand or get the sense of (an idea, etc)
- no savvy I don't (he doesn't, etc) understand
- mainly US shrewd; well-informed
Word Origin and History for savvies
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.