Definition of street-smart in English:

street-smart

Syllabification: street-smart

adjective

North American informal
Having the experience and knowledge necessary to deal with the potential difficulties or dangers of life in an urban environment: a street-smart hustler on a motorcycle
More example sentences
  • He's a sharp guy with a street-smart Brooklyn attitude.
  • I'm all street-smart about it and don't turn my head or respond, but a quick peek reveals that he's not addressing me at all.
  • Hakman's very street-smart, instinctual, with a total survivor mentality.
Synonyms
worldly, savvy, street smart, experienced, seasoned

noun

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The experience and knowledge necessary to deal with the potential difficulties or dangers of life in an urban environment: take the advice of somebody who’s got a little more street smarts than you
More example sentences
  • He wants better, but knows the most he can rely on is street smarts and skills.
  • Do universities deliver work-ready graduates who combine academic knowledge with the necessary street smarts to make the front page.
  • Their only real legacy, as Asbury makes clear, was to pass on their street smarts to a newer type of gangster who, in the 20th century, would turn organized crime into a warped reflection of American free enterprise.
Synonyms
common sense, acumen, savvy, shrewdness, wisdom, know-how, horse sense

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