[ sav-ee ]
/ ˈsæv i /

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.

Nearby words

  1. savoury,
  2. savoy,
  3. savoy alps,
  4. savoy cabbage,
  5. savoyard,
  6. saw,
  7. saw doctor,
  8. saw grass,
  9. saw log,
  10. saw palmetto

Origin of savvy

1775–85; < Spanish sabe, present 3rd singular of saber to know < Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for savviest


/ (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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Word Origin and History for savviest



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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