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adj. sav·vi·er, sav·vi·est
1. Well informed and perceptive; shrewd: savvy Washington insiders.
2. Knowledgeable or proficient. Often used in combination: tech-savvy; media-savvy.
Practical understanding or shrewdness: a banker known for financial savvy.
tr. & intr.v. sav·vied (săv′ēd), sav·vy·ing, sav·vies (săv′ēz)
To understand; comprehend.
[From Spanish sabe (usted), (you) know, from saber, to know, from Old Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *sapēre, from Latin sapere, to be wise; see sep- in Indo-European roots.]
vb, -vies, -vying or -vied
1. to understand or get the sense of (an idea, etc)
2. no savvy I don't (he doesn't, etc) understand
adj, -vier or -viest
chiefly US shrewd; well-informed
[C18: corruption of Spanish sabe(usted) (you) know, from saber to know, from Latin sapere to be wise]
n., adj. -vi•er, -vi•est, n.
1. Also, sav′vi•ness. practical understanding; shrewdness or intelligence; common sense: political savvy.adj.
2. shrewdly informed; experienced and well-informed; canny.v.t., v.i.
3. to know; understand.
[1775–85; probably orig. < sábi “know” in E creoles (< Portuguese sabe, present 3rd singular of saber to know < Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient)]
Past participle: savvied
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|Noun||1.||savvy - the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"|
knowing - a clear and certain mental apprehension
comprehension - an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result); "how you can do that is beyond my comprehension"; "he was famous for his comprehension of American literature"
self-knowledge - an understanding of yourself and your goals and abilities
smattering - a slight or superficial understanding of a subject
appreciation, grasp, hold - understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
grasping - understanding with difficulty; "the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"
hindsight - understanding the nature of an event after it has happened; "hindsight is always better than foresight"
|Verb||1.||savvy - get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"|
understand - know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"
figure - understand; "He didn't figure her"
catch on, cotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, twig, latch on, tumble - understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
intuit - know or grasp by intuition or feeling
digest - arrange and integrate in the mind; "I cannot digest all this information"
savvy[ˈsævi] n → jugeote f
n (= common sense) → Grips m (inf), → Köpfchen nt (inf); (= know-how) → Können nt, → Know-how nt; he hasn’t got much savvy → er hat keine Ahnung (inf) → or keinen Dunst (inf); show a bit of savvy!, use your savvy! → streng mal dein Köpfchen or deinen Grips an (inf)