[ 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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for savviness
/ (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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