- 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: Middle 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
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- Not domesticated or cultivated; wild: savage beasts of the jungle.
- Not civilized; barbaric: a people living in a savage state.
- Ferocious; fierce: in a savage temper.
- Vicious or merciless; brutal: a savage attack on a political rival. See Synonyms at cruel.
- Lacking polish or manners; rude.
- A person regarded as primitive or uncivilized.
- A person regarded as brutal, fierce, or vicious.
- To assault ferociously.
- To attack without restraint or pity: The critics savaged the new play.
Origin: Middle English sauvage, from Old French, from Late Latin salvāticus, from Latin silvāticus, of the woods, wild, from silva, forest.
- savˈage·ly adverb
- savˈage·ness noun