adjective, sav·vi·er, sav·vi·est.
- experienced, knowledgable, and well-informed; shrewd (often used in combination): consumers who are savvy about prices;a tech-savvy entrepreneur.
- Also sav·vi·ness. practical understanding; shrewdness or intelligence; common sense: a candidate who seemed to have no political savvy.
verb (used with or without object), sav·vied, sav·vy·ing.
- to know; understand.
verb -vies, -vying or -vied
- to understand or get the sense of (an idea, etc)
- no savvy I don’t (he doesn’t, etc) understand
adjective -vier or -viest
- mainly US shrewd; well-informed
n.1785, “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. Related: Savvily; savviness.