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shrew

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noun \ˈshrü, especially Southern ˈsrü\

Definition of shrew

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  an ill-tempered scolding woman

shrewlike

play \ˈshrü-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of shrew in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of shrew

Middle English shrewe evil or scolding person, from Old English scrēawa shrew (animal)

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shrew

verb

Definition of shrew

obsolete

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  curse

First Known Use of shrew

14th century


SHREW Defined for English Language Learners

shrew

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noun

Definition of shrew for English Language Learners

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

  • : an unpleasant, bad-tempered woman


SHREW Defined for Kids

shrew

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noun \ˈshrü\

Definition of shrew for Students

  1. 1 :  a small mouselike animal with a long pointed snout and tiny eyes that lives mostly on insects and worms

  2. 2 :  an unpleasant woman with a bad temper



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