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

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Other Words from shrewish

shrewishly adverb
shrewishness noun

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Deconstructing Disney: Motherhood and the Taming of Maleficent," 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,, "On Theater: A shrewd ‘Shrew!’ rewrites Shakespeare; rustic charm at the 'Spitfire Grill'," 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, "The Best New Fiction," 4 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of shrewish

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shrewish was in 1565

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“Shrewish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shrewish

old-fashioned, of a woman : unpleasant and bad-tempered

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