Savvy Definition

săvē
savvied, savvier, savvies, savviest, savvying
adjective
savvier, savviest
Shrewd or discerning.
Webster's New World
Knowledgeable or proficient. Often used in combination.
Tech-savvy; media-savvy.
American Heritage
noun
Shrewdness or understanding.
Webster's New World
Know-how.
Webster's New World
Wiktionary
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verb
savvied
To understand; comprehend.
American Heritage
To understand; get the idea.
Webster's New World

(informal) To understand.

Wiktionary
interjection

(informal) Do you understand?

Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Savvy

Adjective

Base Form:
savvy
Comparative:
savvier
Superlative:
savviest

Origin of Savvy

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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