streetwise (adj.) 1965, from STREET (Cf. street) + WISE (Cf. wise) (adj.) "smart, savvy."

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  • streetwise — ☆ streetwise [strēt′wīz΄ ] adj. Informal knowledgeable or shrewd as a result of practical experience gained from living or working in poor urban areas, esp. those where vice and crime are prevalent …   English World dictionary

  • streetwise — [[t]stri͟ːtwaɪz[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is streetwise knows how to deal with difficult or dangerous situations in big cities. [INFORMAL] He was not academic but he was streetwise. ...a cocky, streetwise kid who thought he knew it all …   English dictionary

  • streetwise — adjective a) Having the necessary knack, personality and instinct for survival in rough, urban environments. You could tell from the way he spat old Tupac lyrics, loitering in the corner with his homies, flipping that Yankees cap on his head like …   Wiktionary

  • streetwise —    A person who is street smart or streetwise has enough experience and knowledge about life in the city to be able to deal with difficult or dangerous situations.     The kids living in this area are all street smart they re in less danger than… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • streetwise — adjective informal clever and experienced enough to deal with difficult situations on the streets of a big city: streetwise drug dealers overtaking the neighborhood …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • streetwise — adjective Date: 1965 possessing the skills and attitudes necessary to survive in a difficult or dangerous situation or environment …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • streetwise — /street wuyz /, adj. street smart. Also, street wise. [1960 65, Amer.; STREET + WISE1] * * * …   Universalium

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