Meaning of “savage” in the English Dictionary

"savage" in British English

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savageadjective

uk /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/ us /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/

savageverb [ T ]

uk /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/ us /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/

savagenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/ us /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/ offensive

(Definition of “savage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"savage" in American English

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savageadjective

us /ˈsæv·ɪdʒ/

savage adjective (FIERCE)

(of an animal) wild and fierce, or (of a remark or action) violently cruel:

savage beasts
He writes about people who are savage and cruel.
savagely
adverb us /ˈsæv·ɪdʒ·li/

savagely attacked

savagenoun [ C ]

us /ˈsæv·ɪdʒ/ dated

savage noun [ C ] (PERSON)

someone who is thought to be in a wild state and to have no experience of a civilized society (= highly developed society)

Note: This word is often considered offensive.

savageverb [ T ]

us /ˈsæv·ɪdʒ/

savage verb [ T ] (CRITICIZE)

to criticize someone cruelly:

The performance was savaged by the media.

(Definition of “savage” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)