savvy

You are known as someone with a lot of business savvy, but only because you've managed to keep your staggering debts a secret. Which is actually pretty savvy. Someone who is savvy is shrewd and perceptive.

Most English words stem directly from other European languages, like French and Latin. Not savvy. It comes from the West Indies, a twist on the French savez vous? — “Do you know?” Savvy was first recorded in its adjective form in 1905. Synonyms for the noun form include acumen, discernment, grasp, perception, and sharpness.

Definitions of savvy
  1. adjective
    marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
    synonyms: astute, sharp, shrewd
    smart
    showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness
  2. noun
    the cognitive condition of someone who understands
    synonyms: apprehension, discernment, understanding
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    comprehension
    an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result)
    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
    grasping
    understanding with difficulty
    hindsight
    understanding the nature of an event after it has happened
    brainstorm, brainwave, insight
    the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
    realisation, realization, recognition
    coming to understand something clearly and distinctly
    sense
    a natural appreciation or ability
    light
    mental understanding as an enlightening experience
    revelation
    an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
    breakthrough, discovery, find
    a productive insight
    flash
    a sudden brilliant understanding
    type of:
    knowing
    a clear and certain mental apprehension
  3. verb
    get the meaning of something
    synonyms: apprehend, compass, comprehend, dig, get the picture, grasp, grok
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    figure
    understand
    catch on, cotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, latch on, tumble, twig
    understand, usually after some initial difficulty
    intuit
    know or grasp by intuition or feeling
    digest
    arrange and integrate in the mind
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    understand
    know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
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