from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Well informed and perceptive; shrewd: savvy Washington insiders.
  • n. Practical understanding or shrewdness: a banker known for financial savvy.
  • transitive v. To understand; comprehend.

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  • adj. Shrewd, well-informed and perceptive.
  • v. to understand
  • interj. Do you understand?

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Comprehension; knowledge of affairs; mental grasp; also, practical know-how; common sense.
  • v. To understand; to comprehend; know.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the cognitive condition of someone who understands
  • v. get the meaning of something


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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.

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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").


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  • I found this word in an article called "Three days in Sri Lanka", by Nathan Myers. It is used in the sentence as followed, " For a savvy traveler like Gaskell, Sri Lanka only reiterated what he already knew."

    September 22, 2010

  • This is one of my most hated words.

    December 4, 2009

  • Captain Jack Sparrow.

    June 23, 2009

  • 'I tried to crack on I hadn't noticed anything, but it kept on and on and I saw it was trying to attract my attention so I couldn't anything but try to savvy what it was on about...'

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

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