Savvy meaning

săvē
To understand; get the idea.
verb
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Well informed and perceptive; shrewd.

Savvy Washington insiders.

adjective
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Practical understanding or shrewdness.

A banker known for financial savvy.

noun
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To understand; comprehend.
verb
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Knowledgeable or proficient. Often used in combination.

Tech-savvy; media-savvy.

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Shrewdness or understanding.
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(informal) Shrewd, well-informed and perceptive.
adjective
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(informal) To understand.
verb
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Know-how.
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Shrewd or discerning.
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(informal) Do you understand?
interjection
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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.

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Origin of savvy

  • From Spanish sabe (usted) (you) know from saber to know from Old Spanish from Vulgar Latin sapēre from Latin sapere to be wise sep- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary