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/ ˈsæv i /
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adjective, sav·vi·er, sav·vi·est.
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.
verb (used with or without object), sav·vied, sav·vy·ing.
to know; understand.
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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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How to use savvy in a sentence
Her preferred candidate is a poor, but much savvier friend of hers named Charlotte.Henry James’s 1904 Sordid Little Sex Farce|Nathaniel Rich|January 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Viewers not only have become savvier but also more demanding, challenging the wait time between seasons of television.‘House of Cards’: Should You Binge-Watch Netflix’s Political Drama?|Jace Lacob|February 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I'll just say this: A savvier me would have invested in gold and prepper stocks five years ago.The Right-Wing Money Model|Justin Green|January 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There is a savvier way to go about it—they can exercise their power of the purse without risking default.To Solve Debt Crisis, GOP Should Put Obama on a Reward Program|Stan Veuger|December 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And a few of the savvier, more entrepreneurial bloggers turned their own sites into more robust media outlets.Netroots Bloggers Mark 10th Birthday in Decline and Struggling for Survival|David Freedlander|October 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for savvy
/ (ˈsævɪ) slang /
verb -vies, -vying or -vied
to understand or get the sense of (an idea, etc)
no savvy I don't (he doesn't, etc) understand
adjective -vier or -viest
mainly US shrewd; well-informed
Word Origin for savvy
C18: corruption of Spanish sabe (usted) (you) know, from saber to know, from Latin sapere to be wise
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