verb: to understand
“The agency‘s Denver office sentSiringo, who savvied some Spanish, to Santa Fe.” — Ollie Reed Jr., Albuquerque (New Mexico) Tribune, June 30, 2001
“And kudos to Stan for the sensitivity. Savvying the tension between Ted and Peggy, Stan offers a sincere, ‘Buck up chief.'” — Marisa Nadolny, The Day, March 25, 2015
Did you know?
You may be familiar with the nounsavvy, meaning “practical know-how” (as in “her political savvy“), and the adjective use (as in “a savvyinvestor“). And if you’ve seen any of the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean movies, you also knowthat the verb is used as an informal, one-word question meaning “Do you understand?” (as in “I’m Captain JackSparrow. Savvy?”). But Jack Sparrow(i.e., Johnny Depp) didn‘t invent the term. Both the noun and the verbcame into use around 1785. Savvy is based on the Portuguese term sabe, meaning “he knows,” which itself is from Latin sapere, meaning “to be wise.” Creole speakers interpretedthe Portuguese term as sabi and began using it as one would “know.” Eventually, the Creole sabi evolvedinto today‘s word.