- 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.
Origin: 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
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Informaladjective sav·vi·er, sav·vi·est
Origin: From 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.
- savˈvi·ly adverb