streetwise

or street-wise

[street-wahyz]

adjective


Origin of streetwise

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

adjective

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

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

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