savvy

[sav-ee] Informal.
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:
1775–85; < Spanish sabe, present 3rd singular of saber to know < Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient

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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
 
n
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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savvy
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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Example sentences
All this suggests that, with a little marketing savvy, the possibilities for celebrating the unfamous are limitless.
Well, the latest research is in, and the answer is a resounding no: boys are not more math savvy.
It will be shown in this election whether or not it pays to be social networking savvy.
Savvy theater owners always knew the key to success: adapt or die.
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