[sav-ee] Informal.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), savvied, savvying.
to know; understand.
Also, savviness. practical understanding; shrewdness or intelligence; common sense: a candidate who seemed to have no political savvy.
adjective, savvier, savviest.
shrewdly informed; experienced and well-informed; canny.

1775–85; < Spanish sabe, present 3rd singular of saber to know < Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient Unabridged
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savvy (ˈsævɪ)
vb , -vies, -vying, -vied
1.  to understand or get the sense of (an idea, etc)
2.  no savvy I don't (he doesn't, etc) understand
3.  comprehension
adj , -vies, -vying, -vied, -vier, -viest
4.  chiefly (US) shrewd; well-informed
[C18: corruption of Spanish sabe(usted) (you) know, from saber to know, from Latin sapere to be wise]

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Word Origin & History

1785, as a noun, "practical sense, intelligence;" also a verb, "to know, to understand;" W. Indies pidgin borrowing of Fr. savez(-vous)? "do you know?" or Sp. sabe (usted) "you know," both from V.L. *sapere, from L. sapere "be wise, be knowing" (see sapient). The adj. is
first recorded 1905, from the noun.
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