streetwise

adjective
street·​wise | \ ˈstrēt-ˌwīz \

Definition of streetwise

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

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The collections mix his streetwise sensibility—Spring 2011 features gowns to look like T-shirts tucked into skirts—with his skill as a craftsman. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "A Brief History of Raf Simons’s Storied Career in Fashion," 22 Dec. 2018 Some of his backstory will look familiar: streetwise Brooklyn kid is forced to attend a fancy prep school by his parents, doesn't fit in, yadda yadda yadda, spider-bite, hero. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," 14 Dec. 2018 Sancia is more tormented and more streetwise than any hobbit, and Clef builds a rapport with her, unlike Bilbo’s Ring. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: A Bit of Magic Isn’t Always Enough," 12 Oct. 2018 Indeed, Brennan’s voice is softer than his face, and different from the streetwise directness of his brother. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018 Since Nike unveiled its streetwise design for the Nigeria's World Cup team kit three months ago, there has been a frenzy online from people eager to splash out $90 for a shirt. Stephanie Busari And Chris Giles, CNN, "Nigeria World Cup kit sells out in minutes as fakes flood Lagos markets," 1 June 2018 If Real have an unquantifiable amount of streetwise-ness in the competition, Liverpool can boast the most prolific attacking trio in Champions League history. Matias Grez, CNN, "Mo Salah wins sixth individual award in an incredible season," 14 May 2018 For this color-block hoodie patterned after vintage athletic wear, designer Todd Snyder supersizes the Champion logo to streetwise proportions. Vincent Boucher, latimes.com, "Gucci. Valentino. Louis Vuitton. Here are 10 ways you can pay homage to your favorite designer logos," 19 Apr. 2018 The new album blends heavenly harmonies with streetwise features from rappers GoldLink, Joey Badass and Kari Faux. Leigh-ann Jackson, latimes.com, "Chloe and Halle Bailey on their personal style, getting ready for their Coachella debut and Beyoncé," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of streetwise

1949, in the meaning defined above

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streetwise

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of streetwise

: having the knowledge needed to survive in difficult and dangerous places or situations in a city

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