noun \ˈshrü, especially Southern ˈsrü\

: a small animal that looks like a mouse with a long, pointed nose

: an unpleasant, bad-tempered woman

Full Definition of SHREW

:  any of a family (Soricidae) of small chiefly nocturnal insectivores related to the moles and distinguished by a long pointed snout, very small eyes, and short velvety fur
:  an ill-tempered scolding woman
shrew·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of SHREW

  1. <Rip Van Winkle went off into the mountains to escape his wife, a shrew who made his life miserable.>

Origin of SHREW

Middle English shrewe evil or scolding person, from Old English scrēawa shrew (animal)
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole


transitive verb

Definition of SHREW

:  curse

First Known Use of SHREW

14th century
SHREW Defined for Kids


noun \ˈshrü\

Definition of SHREW for Kids

:  a small mouselike animal with a long pointed snout and tiny eyes that lives mostly on insects and worms
:  an unpleasant woman with a bad temper
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