shrewd

adjective
\ ˈshrüd How to pronounce shrewd (audio) , especially Southern ˈsrüd \

Definition of shrewd

1a : marked by clever discerning awareness and hardheaded acumen shrewd common sense
b : given to wily and artful ways or dealing a shrewd operator
2a : severe, hard a shrewd knock
b : sharp, piercing a shrewd wind
3 archaic : mischievous
4 obsolete : abusive, shrewish
5 obsolete : ominous, dangerous

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Other Words from shrewd

shrewdly adverb
shrewdness noun

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shrewd, sagacious, perspicacious, astute mean acute in perception and sound in judgment. shrewd stresses practical, hardheaded cleverness and judgment. a shrewd judge of character sagacious suggests wisdom, penetration, and farsightedness. sagacious investors got in on the ground floor perspicacious implies unusual power to see through and understand what is puzzling or hidden. a perspicacious counselor saw through the child's facade astute suggests shrewdness, perspicacity, and diplomatic skill. an astute player of party politics

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
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Recent Examples on the Web Those picks prompted some fans to question whether Myers, the architect behind the franchise’s recent dynasty, was a shrewd talent-evaluator. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "What we learned from the Warriors’ league-worst season," 8 June 2020 But with shrewd ideas, passion, and by outworking and out-thinking his conference peers. oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon State is downsizing, but needs athletic director to play big," 4 June 2020 Rebello is a skilled writer and shrewd observer of Hollywood. Peter Biskind, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The uncanny valley of the ‘Dolls’ making-of tell-all," 2 June 2020 The move looked shrewd at first -- the shares slumped 4.2% that day, after Tesla reported quarterly deliveries that fell short of a number the chief executive officer hyped the week before. Craig Trudell, Bloomberg.com, "Tesla Analyst Balks at Valuation Despite Regret Over Downgrade," 10 May 2020 Photo: Elsa/Getty Images The sheer depth and talent that Cora has at his disposal no doubt goes a long way toward making his moves look shrewd. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Red Sox Manager Alex Cora Is Hitting on Every Move," 24 Oct. 2018 Brady may be entering a favorable situation, surrounded by shrewd coaches, loads of offensive skill, a stout defense (and no state income tax). Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Tom Brady in Tampa Bay? It’s Not as Weird as It Sounds," 18 Mar. 2020 The protests are reminiscent in some ways of the tea party movement and the demonstrations against the Affordable Care Act that erupted in 2010, which also involved a mix of homegrown activism and shrewd behind-the-scenes funding. Anchorage Daily News, "The anti-quarantine protests seem spontaneous. But behind the scenes, a powerful network is helping.," 22 Apr. 2020 Although Bunshaft’s name never appeared on the firm’s front door, his shrewd instinct for self-promotion and press relations ensured his recognition despite SOM’s egalitarian practice of not according design credit to individuals. Martin Filler, The New York Review of Books, "Modernism, Inc.," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of shrewd

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for shrewd

Middle English shrewed, from shrewe + -ed entry 1

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“Shrewd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shrewd. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for shrewd

shrewd

adjective
How to pronounce shrewd (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shrewd

: having or showing an ability to understand things and to make good judgments : mentally sharp or clever

shrewd

adjective
\ ˈshrüd How to pronounce shrewd (audio) \
shrewder; shrewdest

Kids Definition of shrewd

: showing quick practical cleverness a shrewd businessman

Other Words from shrewd

shrewdly adverb
shrewdness noun

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