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savvy

[sav-ee] /ˈsæv i/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), savvied, savvying.
1.
to know; understand.
noun
2.
Also, savviness. practical understanding; shrewdness or intelligence; common sense:
a candidate who seemed to have no political savvy.
adjective, savvier, savviest.
3.
shrewdly informed; experienced and well-informed; canny.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < Spanish sabe, present 3rd singular of saber to know < Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient
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British Dictionary definitions for savvier

savvy

/ˈsævɪ/
verb -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
noun
3.
comprehension
adjective -vier, -viest
4.
(mainly US) shrewd; well-informed
Word Origin
C18: corruption of Spanish sabe(usted) (you) know, from saber to know, from Latin sapere to be wise
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Word Origin and History for savvier

savvy

n.

1785, "practical sense, intelligence;" also a verb, "to know, to understand;" West Indies pidgin borrowing of French savez(-vous)? "do you know?" or Spanish sabe (usted) "you know," both from Vulgar Latin *sapere, from Latin sapere "be wise, be knowing" (see sapient). The adjective is first recorded 1905, from the noun. Related: Savvily; savviness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for savvier

savvy

adjective

: a very savvy lady

noun

Comprehension; intelligence; brains, smarts: He's a guy with much savvy (1785+)

verb

To understand; know; grasp: I'm the honcho here, savvy? (1785+)

[fr West Indian pidgin fr Spanish sabe usted, ''do you know?''; modern use influenced by French savez, ''you know'']


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