- Savvy is understanding or knowledge of how to do something.
An example of savvy is the person who friends call to help them when their computer is having problems.
intransitive verbsavvied, savvying
Origin of savvy; from one or more varieties of Pidgin English ; from Portuguese sabe, 3rd person; personal (grammar) singular of saber, to know ; from Classical Latin sapere: see sap
- shrewdness or understanding
- Well informed and perceptive; shrewd: savvy Washington insiders.
- Knowledgeable or proficient. Often used in combination: tech-savvy; media-savvy.
tr. & intr.v.sav·vied , sav·vy·ing, sav·vies
Origin of savvyFrom Spanish sabe (usted), (you) know, from saber, to know, from Old Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *sapēre, from Latin sapere, to be wise; see sep- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative savvier, superlative savviest)
(third-person singular simple present savvies, present participle savvying, simple past and past participle savvied)
- (informal) to understand
- (informal) Do you understand?
1785, as a noun, "practical sense, intelligence;" also a verb, "to know, to understand;" West Indies pidgin borrowing of French savez(-vous) (“do you know")" or Spanish sabe (usted) (“you know"), both from Vulgar Latin *sapere, from Latin sapere (“be wise, be knowing") (see sapient). The adjective is first recorded 1905, from the noun.