Definition of savvy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsavē/ /ˈsævi/

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  • Shrewdness and practical knowledge; the ability to make good judgments.

    • ‘the financiers lacked the necessary political savvy’
    • ‘Without a college degree, this son of a single parent built a real estate empire with tremendous fortitude, business and political savvy, and a healthy dose of kismet.’
    • ‘Jackson's political clout and business savvy made the deal happen.’
    • ‘It takes business acumen, marketing savvy, graphic-arts talent, and a clear understanding of what the customer sees from the other side of the screen.’
    • ‘It also requires business savvy, a subject that isn't covered in most professional schools.’
    • ‘Along with their technical skills, these researchers possess unusual business and media savvy, say their peers.’
    • ‘But with 8,000 partners, identifying those with the necessary business savvy and relationship-building skills isn't easy.’
    • ‘Alongside good looks and maybe talent, a little business savvy never hurt anyone trying to get somewhere in the music industry.’
    • ‘But since the politics surrounding lay-offs are complex, it takes solid business training and legal savvy to advise managers well, according to those involved.’
    • ‘At only 17, he has amassed a private fortune with his business savvy, founded, like Uma's success, on his linguistic flexibility.’
    • ‘He says those failures occur because many independent labels are artist driven and therefore don't bring much business savvy to their partnerships.’
    • ‘You must possess a unique blend of business and technical savvy; a big-picture vision, and the drive to make that vision a reality.’
    • ‘His business savvy meant he took risks in the technology, telecoms, internet, hotels and construction, retail and automobile sector.’
    • ‘No one should underestimate Malone's drive or business savvy.’
    • ‘She began showing her business savvy in the seventh grade.’
    • ‘Some question whether government entities have the technological or business savvy to move quickly into the Internet Age.’
    • ‘Key to the success of this young firm has been the technical and business savvy of the four partners.’
    • ‘After taking on this user interface project, I'm a lot more insightful about design issues and, well, rather humbled by the amount of design savvy I have yet to gain.’
    • ‘In this way you can combine the academic experience you gained in your degree with the street savvy you gain on the job and, hopefully, your confidence will grow.’
    • ‘The perioperative environment is becoming more complex, and its leaders need to possess some business savvy and be clinically astute.’
    • ‘This examination can develop children's aesthetic awareness and media savvy and help them become more careful and literate readers of media.’
    shrewdness, astuteness, sharp-wittedness, sharpness, acuteness, acumen, acuity, intelligence, wit, canniness, common sense, discernment, insight, understanding, penetration, perception, perceptiveness, perspicacity, perspicaciousness, knowledge, sagacity, sageness
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adjectivesavvier, savviest

  • 1Shrewd and knowledgeable; having common sense and good judgment.

    • ‘Bob is a savvy veteran who knows all the tricks’
    • ‘many of us pride ourselves on being savvy enough to spot a fake’
    shrewd, astute, sharp-witted, sharp, acute, intelligent, clever, canny, media-savvy, perceptive, perspicacious, sagacious, sage
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    1. 1.1in combination Well informed about or experienced in a particular domain.
      • ‘most of us are pretty web-savvy’
      • ‘these fashion-savvy consumers are not afraid of taking risks with little-known designers’

verbsavvies, savvying, savvied

informal with clause
  • Know or understand.

    • ‘Charley would savvy what to do’
    • ‘I've been told, but I want to make sure. Savvy?’
    • ‘The country is ripped by people who savvy not its meaning.’
    realize, understand, comprehend, grasp, see, know, apprehend
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Late 18th century originally black and pidgin English imitating Spanish sabe usted ‘you know’.