- The definition of savage is something wild, untamed or primitive.
An example of savage used as an adjective is a savage beast that lives in the jungle.
- wild, uncultivated, rugged, etc.: a savage jungle
- fierce; ferocious; untamed: a savage tiger
- without civilization; primitive; barbarous: a savage tribe
- lacking polish; crude; rude
- cruel; pitiless
- furious; ill-tempered
Origin of savageMiddle English sauvage ; from Old French salvage ; from Vulgar Latin salvaticus, wild ; from Classical Latin silvaticus, belonging to a wood, wild ; from silva, a wood: see sylvan
- Archaic a member of a nonliterate culture, often having a tribal way of life
- a fierce, brutal person
- a crude, boorish person
- a. Not domesticated or cultivated; wild: a savage animal; the savage jungle.b. Not civilized; barbaric: a savage people.
- a. Vicious or merciless; brutal: a savage form of warfare.b. Characterized by or showing hostility; unforgiving: savage criticism.
- Extreme in strength or degree: savage heat.
transitive verbsav·aged, sav·ag·ing, sav·ag·es
- To assault ferociously.
- To attack without restraint or pity: The critics savaged the new play.
Origin of savageMiddle English sauvage, from Old French, from Late Latin salvāticus, from Latin silvāticus, of the woods, wild, from silva, forest.
(comparative more savage, superlative most savage)
(third-person singular simple present savages, present participle savaging, simple past and past participle savaged)