Definition of streetwise in English:

streetwise

Line breaks: street|wise
Pronunciation: /ˈstriːtwʌɪz
 
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adjective

informal
1Having the experience and knowledge necessary to deal with the potential difficulties or dangers of life in an urban environment: I wasn’t streetwise enough to figure out what he had in mind
More example sentences
  • Yeah, she's got grade A's in every O-level, but when it comes to general knowledge or being streetwise, she struggles a bit sometimes.
  • Poulter is streetwise enough not to bite the hand that feeds.
  • The striker is only 19 but was still streetwise enough to cut across Balde as he entered the box.
1.1Reflective of modern urban life, especially that of urban youth: streetwise fashion
More example sentences
  • It seems trite to refer to this band as sassy or streetwise or sophisticated because that's what everybody says.
  • Skinny suggests active. Skinny is more fashionable, more streetwise, more plugged-in, but not if you are seen to be struggling to maintain it.
  • It's stuffed full of Japanese cultural references, slang, and streetwise situations.

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