Definition of savvy in English:


Syllabification: sav·vy
Pronunciation: /ˈsavē
(also savviness) informal


Shrewdness and practical knowledge, especially in politics or business: the financiers lacked the necessary political savvy
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  • Without a college degree, this son of a single parent built a real estate empire with tremendous fortitude, business and political savvy, and a healthy dose of kismet.
  • Jackson's political clout and business savvy made the deal happen.
  • It takes business acumen, marketing savvy, graphic-arts talent, and a clear understanding of what the customer sees from the other side of the screen.

verb (savvies, savvying, savvied)

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Know or understand: Charley would savvy what to do about such a girl [no object]: I’ve been told, but I want to make sure. Savvy?
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  • The country is ripped by people who savvy not its meaning.

adjective (savvier, savviest)

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Shrewd and knowledgeable in the realities of life.
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  • I've had this question asked of me more than any other over the past couple of years - interestingly enough, mostly by industry veterans and savvy players who know the ropes.
  • Many of our informants, from novice Internet users to tech savvy veterans, emphasized how important it is to have an easily navigable Web site.
  • I had tried to be the woman I thought you wanted - a savvy street lawyer who fought tooth and nail for our clients - and still you rejected me.
informal on the ball, quick on the uptake, smart, streetwise, heads-up


late 18th century: originally black and pidgin English imitating Spanish sabe usted 'you know'.

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