Definitions

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

  • adj. Having the shrewd awareness, experience, and resourcefulness needed for survival in a difficult, often dangerous urban environment.

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  • adj. Having the necessary knack, personality and instinct for survival in rough, urban environments.
  • adj. Possessing a style that embodies the life and microculture located within urban settings, typically in the States.

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  • adj. having the shrewd resourcefulness needed to survive in an urban environment

Etymologies

street +‎ wise (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At the same time, a team of people living with the diseases will be conducting a 'streetwise' survey to further ascertain what the community considers a priority for action.

    Delhi's new initiative to improve healthcare in the community

  • Seems to me that as "streetwise" as some of us are in some ways, we're still surprisingly trusting in others.

    Devil's Advocate

  • I worked with inner city kids for about three years after high school, and many had the tough "streetwise" bravado that Jason talked about above.

    manhattan math - Anil Dash

  • It was July 11, his 95th birthday, and he was being straddled from behind by a man in a bright cobalt-blue suit, with a salt-and-pepper mustache and the kind of streetwise Italian-American accent that persists more vigorously in acting classes than on the streets of Soho.

    The Battle Over a Barnes & Noble in Bridgehampton

  • The way he said the word 'streetwise' made her tense as though sustaining a blow, as though some how the words had held an insult, a gibe; and yet when she looked at him the grey eyes were still smiling, the relaxed bulk of the male body carelessly at ease, so that she knew she must have imagined the toughness, the threat which she had momentarily felt lay beneath the words.

    A Time to Dream

  • WASHINGTON -- Republican Party chairman Michael Steele defended his stewardship of party affairs Monday and dismissed criticism as the talk of GOP figures uncomfortable with his "streetwise" managerial style.

    TheDenverChannel.com - Local News

  • WASHINGTON — Republican Party chairman Michael Steele defended his stewardship of party affairs Monday and dismissed criticism as the talk of GOP figures uncomfortable with his "streetwise" mana ...

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Michael Steele defends RNC Chairmanship, 'streetwise' style on GMA

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Republican Party chairman Michael Steele defended his stewardship of party affairs Monday and dismissed criticism as the talk of GOP figures uncomfortable with his "streetwise" managerial style.

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  • WASHINGTON - Republican Party chairman Michael Steele is defending his record and dismissing insider criticism as the discomfort some have with his "streetwise" manner of doing things.

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