street·​wise | \ ˈstrēt-ˌwīz How to pronounce streetwise (audio) \

Definition of streetwise

: possessing the skills and attitudes necessary to survive in a difficult or dangerous situation or environment

Examples of streetwise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most recently, Bella has favored a streetwise approach to dressing, combining her love for athleisure and sportswear with more fashion-forward collectibles—including square-toe boots, ’90s shoulder bags, and vintage Jean Paul Gaultier. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2022 She Talks to Rainbows, and Amy Winehouse, whose throwback image and sound in the mid-2000s suggested nothing so much as a more streetwise and tougher-luck Ronnie Spector. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 12 Jan. 2022 Adored by everyone from streetwise musicians to grumpy dowagers, the Vuitton bag has been worn by shining stars including, to name just a very few, Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O! Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 5 Oct. 2021 The guy loved Seaver because Seaver did not have to be streetwise. Harper's Magazine, 28 Sep. 2021 Those exchanges gave Gout permission to pepper the screenplay with personal details and sharpen the dialogue of the Latino characters with streetwise Mexican modismos. Sergio Burstein, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2021 The quintessential scene pits Levee’s streetwise blasphemy against the religious Cutler (Colman Domingo). Armond White, National Review, 1 Jan. 2021 The newspaperman and author specialized in streetwise tales of New York City. oregonlive, 28 Dec. 2020 Via this cultural alchemy, urban school nerds were transformed into streetwise corner boys and girls in the cloisters of elite prep schools. Adolph Reed Jr., The New Republic, 22 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of streetwise

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Streetwise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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