Definition of shrewd
Examples of shrewd in a Sentence
According to Frank Luntz, Republican pollster and spinmeister, these younger working women with small children are critical swing voters. By dint of focus groups and shrewd professional questioning, Luntz has determined what these women need most—more time in their lives. He seemed to regard this finding as a considerable coup. —Molly Ivins, Mother Jones, September/October 2004
When Ann Richards fractured her hand in a fall nine years ago, she went to the doctor for a bone density test only to learn that she had … an early form of osteoporosis. The diagnosis spurred the former Texas governor, whose mother and grandmother also suffered from the disease, to write I'm Not Slowing Down: Winning My Battle with Osteoporosis … an inspiring little volume filled with the author's shrewd insights into healthcare, gender and, yes, politics. —Julie Hale, Book Page, August 2003
One shrewd political tactician who knew what it was like to lose a close election watched Goldwater closely. Nixon had an eye on a comeback in 1968 and knew he needed the South—all of it this time. —Jon Meacham, Newsweek, 23 Dec. 2002
But a growing empire produces tough challenges. Winfrey is used to ironclad control. A shrewd businesswoman, she still signs all the checks of more than $1,000 for her Harpo Entertainment Group, and she meticulously scrutinizes the smaller ones that others sign for her. —Lynette Clemetson, Newsweek, 8 Jan. 2001
She's shrewd about her investments.
a shrewd used car dealer who knew how to make the best possible deal
Recent Examples of shrewd from the Web
Fromm, the director, is becoming a specialist in small, intimate shows (her shrewd designer here is William Boles) that constantly thrust characters into intense emotional confrontation.
Random chance influences our lives and secures our successes more than shrewd planning.
Nixon was just so shrewd, so strategic: it’s simply inconceivable he would get caught with his pants down implicating himself on the record, like Trump now does almost daily.
As author/narrator, Browning/Barbara is delightfully shrewd, if a little daft — an intellectual with scrupulous ethics and a love of organic wool.
Once again this proves how shrewd Nikki is as Ray struggles to keep up.
Jens was soft-spoken, thoughtful, and with a shrewd, subtle sense of humor that could take people a while to pick up on.
Josh suggests adding a Groupon-type feature to the app, marveling at the company’s shrewd business model.
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Origin and Etymology of shrewd
Middle English shrewed, from shrewe + 1-ed
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of shrewd
SHREWD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shrewd for English Language Learners
: having or showing an ability to understand things and to make good judgments : mentally sharp or clever
SHREWD Defined for Kids
Definition of shrewd for Students
: showing quick practical cleverness a shrewd businessman
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