An example of savvy is the person who friends call to help them when their computer is having problems.
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.