adjective, sav·vi·er, sav·vi·est.

  1. experienced, knowledgable, and well-informed; shrewd (often used in combination): consumers who are savvy about prices;a tech-savvy entrepreneur.


  1. 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.

  1. to know; understand.

verb -vies, -vying or -vied

  1. to understand or get the sense of (an idea, etc)
  2. no savvy I don’t (he doesn’t, etc) understand


  1. comprehension

adjective -vier or -viest

  1. 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.

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