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.
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How to use savvy in a sentence
Schottenheimer’s hiring was heralded as a welcome and savvy move, at least until the first five weeks of the 2001 season.Marty Schottenheimer’s legacy can be measured in teams’ regret over letting him go | Leonard Shapiro | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
In the end however, the likelihood of there being a large-scale 2021 Chicago Marathon is far more contingent on a dramatic decline in infection rates than on any amount of organizational savvy.Will Major Marathons Actually Come Back This Fall? | Martin Fritz Huber | February 4, 2021 | Outside Online
My kids are tech-savvy and — at present — not dealing with academic or social crises.Why working moms deserve a tantrum (and how to survive the remainder of the pandemic) | Christine Koh | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
For the sleep-deprived tech-savvy parent, being able to study your baby’s patterns with the hope of improving them is a pretty cool feature.Best baby monitor: How to find the right one for your family | PopSci Commerce Team | January 29, 2021 | Popular-Science
How to reset an iOS deviceTraditionally, Apple hasn’t been quite as savvy as Google when it comes to constantly syncing data to the cloud, but iCloud has improved in recent years.How to reset your devices without losing everything | David Nield | January 28, 2021 | Popular-Science
Ares said there are instances where savvy gankers manage to exploit loopholes.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks | M.L. Nestel | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The best, or at least most successful, are bridging the gap between punk-rock DIY ethos and social-media savvy.On Tour With The Head and the Heart, Indie Rock’s Next Big Thing | James Joiner | December 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Departed star is also a very savvy businessman, having produced hit shows like Boardwalk Empire and Entourage.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet | Marlow Stern | December 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The savvy forger with Pappy empties to fill might get his hands on some Old Weller and present it as its more illustrious cousin.
Kids, often more tech savvy than their parents, ogle XXX-rated photos and videos before they are legally old enough to do so.The Next Frontier of Sex Ed: How Porn Twists Teens’ Brains | Aurora Snow | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I can't talk Spanish, and the herder says that he no savvy 'Meriky' and it's up to me to sort and claim.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
De Lisle told me that one week had made the most astonishing difference to the savvy of these first arrivals of the New Army.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2 | Ian Hamilton
"Why, Roy, you shore don't savvy the way to break these wild ones," drawled Las Vegas.The Man of the Forest | Zane Grey
I don't just savvy your play, Andy, and if I lose on yuh—why, it won't be the first time I ever went broke.The Happy Family | Bertha Muzzy Bower
Then, of course, he was born and raised in the wilderness, and there is a whole lot of things he don't savvy.John Ermine of the Yellowstone | Frederic Remington
British Dictionary definitions for savvy
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
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