Definition of savvy in English:


(also savviness)


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

    ‘the financiers lacked the necessary political savvy’
    • ‘He says those failures occur because many independent labels are artist driven and therefore don't bring much business savvy to their partnerships.’
    • ‘It also requires business savvy, a subject that isn't covered in most professional schools.’
    • ‘The perioperative environment is becoming more complex, and its leaders need to possess some business savvy and be clinically astute.’
    • ‘At only 17, he has amassed a private fortune with his business savvy, founded, like Uma's success, on his linguistic flexibility.’
    • ‘You must possess a unique blend of business and technical savvy; a big-picture vision, and the drive to make that vision a reality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No one should underestimate Malone's drive or business savvy.’
    • ‘Alongside good looks and maybe talent, a little business savvy never hurt anyone trying to get somewhere in the music industry.’
    • ‘But with 8,000 partners, identifying those with the necessary business savvy and relationship-building skills isn't easy.’
    • ‘Along with their technical skills, these researchers possess unusual business and media savvy, say their peers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jackson's political clout and business savvy made the deal happen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some question whether government entities have the technological or business savvy to move quickly into the Internet Age.’
    • ‘This examination can develop children's aesthetic awareness and media savvy and help them become more careful and literate readers of media.’
    • ‘His business savvy meant he took risks in the technology, telecoms, internet, hotels and construction, retail and automobile sector.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Key to the success of this young firm has been the technical and business savvy of the four partners.’
    • ‘She began showing her business savvy in the seventh grade.’
    shrewdness, astuteness, sharp-wittedness, sharpness, acuteness, acumen, acuity, intelligence, wit, canniness, common sense, discernment, insight, understanding, penetration, perception, perceptiveness, perspicacity, perspicaciousness, knowledge, sagacity, sageness
    nous, horse sense
    sapience, arguteness
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  • [with clause] Know or understand.

    ‘Charley would savvy what to do about such a girl’
    [no object] ‘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
    get, get a fix on, catch on, latch on, cotton on
    twig, suss
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  • 1Shrewd and knowledgeable; having common sense and good judgment.

    • ‘It's clear now that savvy foreign investors won't be tempted by such headache-prone deals.’
    • ‘I mean, I don't agree with a lot of what they say, but they usually are media savvy.’
    • ‘Frank, if you are so savvy yourself, why not read the Bible?’
    • ‘I couldn't believe the guy, all he talked about was how rich, successful, smart and savvy he was.’
    • ‘Most are very knowledgeable and savvy about business and know how to cut a deal.’
    • ‘These days savvy operators are using creative appetizers, innovative drink menus and electronic entertainment to draw patrons during hours when business is traditionally slow.’
    • ‘But Camilla wasn't always this business savvy.’
    • ‘Technology today offers savvy business executives increasingly intelligent ways of cutting costs and automating business processes.’
    • ‘I've had this question asked of me more than any other over the past couple of years - interestingly enough, mostly by industry veterans and savvy players who know the ropes.’
    • ‘Her first three albums were surprisingly enjoyable, largely due to savvy producers who surrounded her lightweight voice with killer beats and memorable hooks.’
    • ‘Critical to that strategy is our development as savvy consumers and smart investors.’
    • ‘The first tier consists of councils in large cities, such as London, Birmingham and Manchester, which she said are IT savvy and have used the funding they received well.’
    • ‘Faced with such arrogance is it any wonder that savvy consumers are switching to screw caps?’
    • ‘Many of our informants, from novice Internet users to tech savvy veterans, emphasized how important it is to have an easily navigable Web site.’
    • ‘I had tried to be the woman I thought you wanted - a savvy street lawyer who fought tooth and nail for our clients - and still you rejected me.’
    • ‘Behind every brilliant best-selling author is usually a perceptive, savvy publisher.’
    • ‘It was the endgame that I wasn't savvy enough to win.’
    • ‘Also, the more technically savvy a participating business is, the easier it is to continue to keep up-to-date with technologies.’
    • ‘We are all so media savvy these days that there won't be anybody reading this who isn't familiar with the rags-to-riches-and-back-again story.’
    • ‘They talked about how media savvy he was and how devoted he was to young people.’
    shrewd, astute, sharp-witted, sharp, acute, intelligent, clever, canny, media-savvy, perceptive, perspicacious, sagacious, sage
    on the ball, smart, streetwise
    heads-up, whip-smart
    long-headed, sapient, argute
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    1. 1.1[in 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’


Late 18th century: originally black and pidgin English imitating Spanish sabe usted you know.