(comparative savvier, superlative savviest)
- (informal) Shrewd, well-informed and perceptive.
(third-person singular simple present savvies, present participle savvying, simple past and past participle savvied)
- (informal) to understand
Alteration of save, sabi (“know") (in English-based creoles and pidgins), from Portuguese or Spanish sabe (“[he] knows"), from saber (“to know"), from Latin sapere (“to be wise").
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.