- 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 savvy
Ares said there are instances where savvy gankers manage to exploit loopholes.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
The savvy forger with Pappy empties to fill might get his hands on some Old Weller and present it as its more illustrious cousin.The Cult of Pappy van Winkle
December 3, 2014
As for Simmons, he gets to ease his conscience while also burnishing his personal brand of savvy fandom.Forget the Wife Beating—Are You Ready for Some Football?
September 11, 2014
As Jenks suggests, tying up with AirAsia would make sense as the most savvy business decision.Malaysia Airlines Is Going Down
August 1, 2014
Luc Besson is generally a savvy director when it comes to cultural politics.Scarlett Johansson Vs. the Faceless Men of Color
July 29, 2014
Course you know who it is, and you savvy how them things is done.Hidden Water
Ill need some one who can savvy Russian more than anything else.The Radio Detectives Under the Sea
A. Hyatt Verrill
Then, touching the young man's breast she exclaimed, "Him sick, you savvy?"Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail
Arthur R. Thompson
“Savvy nothing,” says Uma, with a kind of disgusted air that she was good at.
Ese he tell me you savvy, he tell me you no mind, tell me you love me too much.
- 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 savvy
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.