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savvy

[ sav-ee ]
/ ˈsæv i /
Informal.
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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.

noun

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 savvy

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

noun

comprehension

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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