What does savage mean?

Definitions for savage
ˈsæv ɪdʒsav·age

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word savage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. savage, barbariannoun

    a member of an uncivilized people

  2. beast, wolf, savage, brute, wildcatadjective

    a cruelly rapacious person

  3. barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, viciousadjective

    (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

    "a barbarous crime"; "brutal beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious kicks"

  4. feral, ferine, savageadjective

    wild and menacing

    "a pack of feral dogs"

  5. barbarian, barbaric, savage, uncivilized, uncivilised, wildadjective

    without civilizing influences

    "barbarian invaders"; "barbaric practices"; "a savage people"; "fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient"-Margaret Meade; "wild tribes"

  6. ferocious, fierce, furious, savageverb

    marked by extreme and violent energy

    "a ferocious beating"; "fierce fighting"; "a furious battle"

  7. savageverb

    attack brutally and fiercely

  8. savage, blast, pillory, crucifyverb

    criticize harshly or violently

    "The press savaged the new President"; "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"


  1. savagenoun

    An uncivilized or feral human; a barbarian.

  2. savagenoun

    A defiant person.

  3. savageverb

    To attack or assault someone or something ferociously or without restraint.

  4. savageverb

    To criticise vehemently.

    His latest film was savaged by most reviewers.

  5. savageverb

    To attack with the teeth

  6. savageadjective

    wild; not cultivated

  7. savageadjective

    barbaric; not civilized

  8. savageadjective

    fierce and ferocious

  9. savageadjective

    brutal, vicious or merciless

    The woman was killed in a savage manner.

  10. savageadjective

    unpleasant or unfair

  11. Etymology: From sauvage, salvage, from salvaticus, alteration of silvaticus, from silva.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SAVAGEadjective

    Etymology: sauvage, French; selvaggio, Italian.

    These godlike virtues wherefore do’st thou hide,
    Affecting private life, or more obscure
    In savage wilderness? John Milton.

    Cornels, and savage berries of the wood,
    And roots and herbs, have been my meagre food. Dryden.

    Chain me to some steepy mountain’s top,
    Where roaring bears and savage lions roam. William Shakespeare.

    Tyrants no more their savage nature kept,
    And foes to virtue wonder’d how they wept. Alexander Pope.

    Hence with your little ones:
    To fright you thus, methinks, I am too savage;
    To do worse to you, were fell cruelty. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Thus people lived altogether a savage life, ’till Saturn, arriving on those coasts, devised laws to govern them by. Walter Raleigh.

    The savage clamour drown’d
    Both harp and voice. John Milton.

    A herd of wild beasts on the mountains, or a savage drove of men in caves, might be so disordered; but never a peculiar people. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

  2. Savagenoun

    A man untaught and uncivilized; a barbarian.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Long after these times were they but savages. Walter Raleigh.

    The seditious lived by rapine and ruin of all the country, omitting nothing of that which savages, enraged in the height of their unruly behaviour, do commit. John Hayward.

    To deprive us of metals is to make us mere savages; to change our corn for the old Arcadian diet, our houses and cities for dens and caves, and our clothing for skins of beasts: ’tis to bereave us of all arts and sciences, nay, of revealed religion. Richard Bentley.

  3. To Savageverb

    To make barbarous, wild, or cruel. A word not well authorised.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Friends, relations, love himself,
    Savag’d by woe, forget the tender tie. James Thomson.


  1. savage

    The term "savage" generally refers to a person or behavior that is fierce, uncivilized, or lacking in cultural refinement. It can be used to describe someone or something that is wild, brutal, or primitive in nature.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Savageadjective

    of or pertaining to the forest; remote from human abodes and cultivation; in a state of nature; wild; as, a savage wilderness

  2. Savageadjective

    wild; untamed; uncultivated; as, savage beasts

  3. Savageadjective

    uncivilized; untaught; unpolished; rude; as, savage life; savage manners

  4. Savageadjective

    characterized by cruelty; barbarous; fierce; ferocious; inhuman; brutal; as, a savage spirit

  5. Savagenoun

    a human being in his native state of rudeness; one who is untaught, uncivilized, or without cultivation of mind or manners

  6. Savagenoun

    a man of extreme, unfeeling, brutal cruelty; a barbarian

  7. Savageverb

    to make savage


  1. Savage

    Demetrius Savelio, better known by his stage name Savage, is a New Zealander rapper of Samoan descent, and a former member of hip hop group the Deceptikonz. In 2009, he became the first New Zealand hip hop artist in history to have a commercial single achieve platinum certification status in the United States for selling over one million copies. He is not to be confused with Savage of the underground Atlanta- and Bronx-based hip hop group Hard Knocks, which released one album in 1992.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Savage

    sav′āj, adj. wild: uncivilised: fierce: cruel: brutal: (her.) nude: naked.—n. a human being in a wild state: a brutal, fierce, or cruel person: a barbarian.—v.t. and v.i. to make savage, to play the savage.—n. Sav′agedom, a savage state: savages collectively.—adv. Sav′agely.—ns. Sav′ageness; Sav′agery, fierceness: ferocity: wild growth of plants; Sav′agism. [O. Fr. salvage—L. silvaticus, pertaining to the woods—silva, a wood.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Savage is ranked #690 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Savage surname appeared 49,914 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 17 would have the surname Savage.

    74.8% or 37,356 total occurrences were White.
    19.5% or 9,768 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 1,108 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 1,033 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 399 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 250 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of savage in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of savage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of savage in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Addison:

    Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man A splendid slave, a reasoning savage.

  2. Edith Hamilton:

    The anthropologists are busy, indeed, and ready to transport us back into the savage forest where all human things have their beginnings but the seed never explains the flower.

  3. Vladan Kuzmanović:

    Sabism is an art and theatric movement of 21st century occupied with the philotipes, mythologic forms, schematism and chromatic scales, dual art, logism of color, cult art, conglomeration. As an art movement it tries to explore word act, group performance, collective structure, fruitfulness and aesthetics of multitude through philotipes as implicit connotation of colors or schemes in their general use (honeysuckle yellow, female, courtly, savage, dionysiaque).

  4. Thomas Yoxall:

    He's beating him in a savage way, just fist after fist.

  5. Paul Valéry:

    Latent in every man is a venom of amazing bitterness, a black resentment; something that curses and loathes life, a feeling of being trapped, of having trusted and been fooled, of being the helpless prey of impotent rage, blind surrender, the victim of a savage, ruthless power that gives and takes away, enlists a man, and crowning injury inflicts upon him the humiliation of feeling sorry for himself.

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Translations for savage

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  • همجي, متوحشArabic
  • див, брутален, безпощаденBulgarian
  • salvatgeCatalan, Valencian
  • divochCzech
  • brutalDanish
  • Barbar, wild, roh, bestürmen, herfallen über, unbändig, beleidigen, barbarisch, unbebaut, angreifen, roher Mensch, beißen, rasend, anfallen, zerfleischen, wüst, wütend, Wilder, grausamGerman
  • άγριος, καταδαγκώνω, κατασπαράσσω, καυτηριάζω, πρωτόγονοςGreek
  • feroca, sovaĝaEsperanto
  • salvajeSpanish
  • وحشیPersian
  • villejäFinnish
  • féroce, barbareFrench
  • borbIrish
  • बर्बरHindi
  • brutális, civilizálatlan, elvetemült, barbár, kegyetlen, műveletlen, vérengző, vad, vadember, erőszakosHungarian
  • վայրենի, վայրի, վայրագArmenian
  • biadabIndonesian
  • crudele, selvaggio, feroce, primitivo, impietoso, brutaleItalian
  • 野蛮人, 野蛮なJapanese
  • 野蠻人, 야만인Korean
  • دڕنده‌Kurdish
  • ferus, crudelis, saevus, barbarus, immanis, atrox, inhumanus, silvestris, feroLatin
  • беспоштеден, жесток, дивјачки, дивјакMacedonian
  • onbeschaafd, barbaars, onbeschoft, wildDutch
  • slakte, brutal, villmann, grusom, barbarisk, rasende, villNorwegian
  • brutalny, okrutny, zdziczały, bestialski, dziki, barbarzyński, dzikus, niecywilizowany, bezlitosnyPolish
  • selvagemPortuguese
  • sălbaticRomanian
  • беспощадный, дикарь, дикарка, дикий, варварский, дикарскийRussian
  • divljakinja, divljakuša, divlje, divljakSerbo-Croatian
  • ociviliserad, vilde, barbar, okultiverad, brutal, vild, grym, barbariskSwedish
  • సావేజ్Telugu
  • ป่าเถื่อนThai
  • vahşiTurkish
  • дикунUkrainian
  • người dã manVietnamese
  • ווילדYiddish
  • 野蛮人Chinese

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