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savvy

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verb sav·vy \ˈsa-vē\

Definition of savvy

savvied

savvying



Examples of savvy in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

You may be familiar with the noun savvy, meaning "practical know-how" (as in "he has political savvy"), and the adjective use (as in "a savvy investor"). And if you've seen the blockbuster movie Pirates of the Caribbean, you also know that the verb is often used as an informal, one-word question meaning "Do you understand?" (as in "I'm Captain Jack Sparrow. Savvy?"). But Jack Sparrow (i.e., Johnny Depp) didn't invent the term. Both the noun and the verb came into use around 1785. "Savvy" is based on the Portuguese term sabe, meaning "he knows," which itself is from Latin sapere, meaning "to be wise." Creole speakers interpreted the Portuguese term as "sabi" and began using it as one would "know." Eventually, the Creole's "sabi" evolved into savvy.

Origin and Etymology 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


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savvy

noun sav·vy

Simple Definition of savvy

  • : practical understanding or knowledge of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of savvy

  1. :  practical know-how <political savvy>

Examples of savvy in a sentence

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



Circa 1785

First Known Use of savvy

circa 1785


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savvy

adjective sav·vy

Simple Definition of savvy

  • : having practical understanding or knowledge of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of savvy

savvier

savviest

  1. :  having or showing perception, comprehension, or shrewdness especially in practical matters

savvily

adverb

savviness

noun

SAVVY Defined for Kids

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savvy

noun sav·vy \ˈsa-vē\

Definition of savvy for Students

  1. :  practical knowledge or understanding <She's admired for her business savvy.>




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savvy

adjective sav·vy

Definition of savvy for Students

  1. :  having practical knowledge or understanding of something <savvy investors>





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