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  1. street-smart.
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Origin of streetwise

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65; street + wise1
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Related Words for streetwise

ingenious, sensible, penetrating, wise, sly, keen, farsighted, slick, judicious, perceptive, cagey, astute, canny, sharp, prudent, probing, crafty, smart, wily, glib

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British Dictionary definitions for streetwise


  1. attuned to and adept at surviving in an urban, poor and often criminal environmentAlso: street-smart
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Derived Formsstreet wisdom, noun
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Word Origin and History for streetwise


1965, from street + wise (adj.) "smart, savvy."

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