Definition of savage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsævɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsævɪdʒ//
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  1. 1(old-fashioned, taboo) an offensive word for somebody who belongs to a people that is simple and not developed the development of the human race from primitive savages
  2. 2a cruel and violent person He described the attack as the work of savages.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French sauvage ‘wild’, from Latin silvaticus ‘of the woods’, from silva ‘a wood’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: savage