shrewish

adjective
shrew·​ish | \ ˈshrü-ish How to pronounce shrewish (audio) , especially Southern ˈsrü- \

Definition of shrewish

Other Words from shrewish

shrewishly adverb
shrewishness noun

Examples of shrewish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pam depicts the character's childhood as generally miserable — her family was poor, her mother Shirley (Celia Weston, in an exquisitely shrewish turn) a drinker with a penchant for savage insults. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 4 Mar. 2022 Aw, Leslie Mann is a tired and semi-shrewish doctor. Emma Specter, Vogue, 14 Jan. 2022 To integrate the Maleficents — the unruly women, the witches, the queers — into the state is to enroll them in the project of motherhood and parenting, and so tame their shrewish selves in the interest of raising the next generation. Jeanna Kadlec, Longreads, 8 Oct. 2020 Here, things start off pretty much as the Bard intended — a beautiful young lady, Bianca, is courted from three directions, but can't be married off until her older, infamously shrewish sister, Katherine, finds a mate. Tom Titus, latimes.com, 5 Apr. 2018 His wife, Karen, turned shrewish from years of his bad money management, works at their daughter’s private school, receiving a tuition abatement instead of pay. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of shrewish

1565, in the meaning defined above

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“Shrewish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shrewish. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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