AskDefine | Define savvy

Dictionary Definition

savvy n : the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect" [syn: understanding, apprehension, discernment] v : get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?" [syn: get the picture, comprehend, dig, grasp, compass, apprehend] [also: savvied, savviest, savvier]

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Alteration of sabi know (in English-based creoles and pidgins), from sabe, he knows, from saber to know, from sapere to be wise.
1785, as a noun, "practical sense, intelligence;" also a verb, "to know, to understand;" West Indies pidgin borrowing of savez(-vous)? "do you know?" or sabe (usted) "you know," both from *sapere, from sapere "be wise, be knowing" (see sapient). The adjective is first recorded 1905, from the noun.



  1. shrewd, well-informed and perceptive.


well-informed and perceptive


  1. To understand


  1. A phrase to determine if something is understood.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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