Definitions for savvyˈsæv i
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sav•vyˈsæv i(n.; adj.)-vi•er, -vi•est
(n.)Also, sav′vi•ness. practical understanding; shrewdness or intelligence; common sense:
(adj.)shrewdly informed; experienced and well-informed; canny.
(v.i.)to know; understand.
Origin of savvy:
1775–85; prob. orig. < sábi “know” in E creoles (< Pg sabe, pres. 3rd sing. of saber to know < L sapere to be wise; see sapient )
understanding, apprehension, discernment, savvy(verb)
the cognitive condition of someone who understands
"he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehend(verb)
get the meaning of something
"Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
shrewd, well-informed and perceptive.
Do you understand?
Origin: Alteration of sabi (in English-based creoles and pidgins), from or sabe, from saber, from sapere.