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From tech ((informal) technology) +‎ savvy (perceptive, shrewd, and well-informed); perhaps a contraction of high-tech savvy,[1] or a variant of techno-savvy.[2]



tech-savvy (comparative more tech-savvy, superlative most tech-savvy)

  1. (informal) Proficient in the use of technology, especially computers.
    Synonym: techno-savvy
    • 1996 July 15, Michael Krantz, “Cashing in on Tomorrow”, in Time[1], volume 148, number 4, New York, N.Y.: Time Warner Publishing, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 9 March 2008:
      The Tofflers have also recruited as executive partners TV producer Al Burton and the tech-savvy film producer and entrepreneur Jeff Apple.
    • 2021 August 11, Chris Howe, “Inspire the March of the ‘Mods’”, in RAIL, number 937, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire: Bauer Media, →ISSN, →OCLC, page 63:
      But as the railways become increasingly digitised, it is these young tech-savvy individuals with knowledge about coding who may well have the skills the industry needs.
    • 2022 December 14, Christian Wolmar, “Productivity should play no part in pay negotiations”, in RAIL, number 972, page 47:
      People want to see staff on trains. [] People want ticket offices. [] The danger is that we could end up with a minimalist railway, usable only by those who are fit, tech-savvy, and have an existing knowledge of the network.

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  1. ^ See, for example, “A New B-School Mission: Teaching High-Tech Savvy”, in BusinessWeek, New York, N.Y.: McGraw-Hill, 19 November 1984, →ISSN, →OCLC, pages 170–172.
  2. ^ techno-savvy, adj.” under “techno-, comb. form”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2021; “techno-savvy, adj.”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.

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