American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Well informed and perceptive; shrewd: savvy Washington insiders.
- n. Practical understanding or shrewdness: a banker known for financial savvy.
- v. To understand; comprehend.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To know; understand; “twig”: as, do you savvy that?
- To possess knowledge.
- n. General cleverness; knowledge of the world: as, he has lots of savvy.
- adj. informal Shrewd, well-informed and perceptive.
- v. informal to understand
- interj. informal Do you understand?
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Slang, U. S. To understand; to comprehend; know.
- n. Slang, U. S. Comprehension; knowledge of affairs; mental grasp; also, practical know-how; common sense.
- n. the cognitive condition of someone who understands
- v. get the meaning of something
- 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"). (Wiktionary)
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He speaks angrily about what he calls a savvy campaign by Pakistan's government under President Pervez Musharraf to fleece Washington for billions of dollars even as it allowed Al Qaeda to regroup in Pakistan's tribal lands.”
“Our bargain savvy shoppers come early, grab tea or a mimosa, and spend quality time looking for right pieces to compliment their wardrobes.”
“Sure, media savvy is not a prerequisite for success, lightning does strike (Dame Rowling, for example), but such hope is NOT a plan.”
“Mr. Malone, credited as a founding father of the cable TV business, is known as a savvy investor and tough dealmaker who has cobbled together a patchwork of businesses under the banner of his Liberty empire, including home shopping network QVC and premium cable network owner Starz Entertainment.”
“India's vaunted tech savvy is being put to the test this week as the country embarks on a daunting mission: assigning a unique 12-digit number to each of its 1.2 billion people.”
“A lack of media savvy is one of the reasons that the Police Forces across the UK have such a piss poor media image.”
“David Louis Edelman - Edelman's web savvy is unmatched and his content is not only refreshingly original, but also interesting.”
“But woods/prairie/mountain savvy and a moderate gun will go a long way.”
“The conventional wisdom prevailing since the start of the 2008 campaign has always maintained that technological savvy is the specialty of Senator Barack Obama and his followers.”
“But certainly the most extreme case of a museum done in by its own supposed marketing savvy is the Guggenheim, which under its former director, Thomas Krens, inaugurated an aggressive expansion plan.”
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