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
- a member of a preliterate culture, often having a tribal way of life: now often avoided as patronizing or offensive
- 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 salv&amacron;ticus, from Latin silv&amacron;ticus, 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)