verb sav·vy \ˈsa-vē\

Definition of SAVVY

Examples of SAVVY

  1. <the man growled, Don't ever date my daughter again—you savvy?>

Origin of SAVVY

alteration of sabi know (in English-based creoles and pidgins), from Portuguese sabe he knows, from saber to know, from Latin sapere to be wise — more at sage
First Known Use: 1785

Rhymes with SAVVY



: practical understanding or knowledge of something

Full Definition of SAVVY

:  practical know-how <political savvy>

Examples of SAVVY

  1. <she's an excellent scholar of political science, but lacks the kind of savvy needed to run for public office>

First Known Use of SAVVY

circa 1785



: having practical understanding or knowledge of something


Full Definition of SAVVY

:  having or showing perception, comprehension, or shrewdness especially in practical matters
sav·vi·ly adverb
sav·vi·ness noun

Examples of SAVVY

  1. She's a very savvy investor.
  2. He is savvy about computers.

First Known Use of SAVVY



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