savage definition, meaning - what is savage in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “savage”

See all translations

savage

adjective uk   us   /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/
extremely violent, wild, or frightening: a savage dog/beast a brutal and savage attack very serious or cruel: savage criticism very large and severe: savage cuts in education spending

savage

verb [T] uk   us   /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/
If an animal savages someone, it attacks them violently and causes serious injuries: The child was savaged by a dog.

savage

noun [C] uk   us   /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/ offensive
a person whose way of life is at a very early stage of development: Twelve thousand years ago, our ancestors were primitive savages living in caves.
(Definition of savage from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of savage?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “savage” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cup tie

a game between two teams trying to win a cup (= prize), especially in football

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More