noun \ˈshrimp, especially Southern ˈsrimp\

: a small shellfish that has a long body and legs and that is eaten as food

: a very small or unimportant person

plural shrimps or shrimp

Full Definition of SHRIMP

:  any of numerous mostly small and marine decapod crustaceans (suborders Dendrobranchiata and Pleocyemata) having a slender elongated body, a compressed abdomen, and a long spiny rostrum and including some (especially family Penaeidae) that are commercially important as food; also :  a small crustacean (as an amphipod or a branchiopod) resembling the true shrimps
:  a very small or puny person or thing
shrimp·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
shrimpy \ˈshrim-pē, ˈsrim-\ adjective

Examples of SHRIMP

  1. He's a little shrimp of a boy.
  2. <the boy was just a shrimp until his teens, when he had a growth spurt>

Origin of SHRIMP

Middle English shrimpe; akin to Middle Low German schrempen to contract, wrinkle, Old Norse skorpna to shrivel up
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Invertebrates (Except Insects) Terms

anemone, cephalopod, quahog


intransitive verb

Definition of SHRIMP

:  to fish for or catch shrimps

First Known Use of SHRIMP


Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl


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