- Shrewdness and practical knowledge, especially in politics or business: the financiers lacked the necessary political savvyMore example sentences
shrewdness, astuteness, sharp-wittedness, sharpness, acuteness, acumen, acuity, intelligence, wit, canniness, common sense, discernment, insight, understanding, penetration, perception, perceptiveness, perspicacity, knowledge, sagacity• informal horse sense, know-how, (street) smarts• rare sapience
- 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)[with clause] Back to top
- 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?More example sentences
- The country is ripped by people who savvy not its meaning.
adjective (savvier, savviest)Back to top
- Shrewd and knowledgeable in the realities of life.More example sentences
- 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.
late 18th century: originally black and pidgin English imitating Spanish sabe usted 'you know'.