shrimp

noun
\ ˈshrimp How to pronounce shrimp (audio) , especially Southern ˈsrimp\
plural shrimp or shrimps

Definition of shrimp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of numerous mostly small and marine decapod crustaceans (suborders Dendrobranchiata and Pleocyemata) having a slender elongated body, a compressed abdomen, and a long spiny rostrum and including some (especially family Penaeidae) that are commercially important as food also : a small crustacean (such as an amphipod or a branchiopod) resembling the true shrimp
2 usually disparaging : a very small or puny person or thing

shrimp

verb
shrimped; shrimping; shrimps

Definition of shrimp (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fish for or catch shrimp

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Other Words from shrimp

Noun

shrimplike \ ˈshrimp-​ˌlīk How to pronounce shrimplike (audio) , ˈsrimp-​ \ adjective
shrimpy \ ˈshrim-​pē How to pronounce shrimpy (audio) , ˈsrim-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for shrimp

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of shrimp in a Sentence

Noun He's a little shrimp of a boy. the boy was just a shrimp until his teens, when he had a growth spurt
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Once the product launches, the company will seek certification so that Orthodox Jews and Muslims — certain Muslim groups avoid shellfish — can enjoy a shrimp cocktail, scampi, a po’ boy or ceviche. Washington Post, "Shalt thou eat an Impossible Burger? Religious doctrine scrambles to catch up to new food technology.," 12 Sep. 2019 Despite the Irish name, the eclectic menu offers better-than-usual tavern fare, including plump shrimp cocktail served in a special pewter dish and a solid take on the ubiqutious fried perch. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "These are 9 definitive Downriver dining destinations," 6 Sep. 2019 Moon Use: Coated in gelatin to prevent crumbling, provided appetizing meals for astronauts, like shrimp cocktail, chicken & veggies, and butterscotch pudding. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How Our Trip to the Moon Pushed Innovation Here on Earth," 23 July 2019 The voyage menu included shrimp cocktail, beef pot roast and rehydratable butterscotch pudding. David Shribman, latimes.com, "50 years after Apollo 11, the moon’s allure still resonates," 11 July 2019 The voyage menu included shrimp cocktail, beef pot roast and rehydratable butterscotch pudding. David Shribman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: 50 years after Apollo 11, the moon’s allure still resonates," 11 July 2019 In addition to meat plates, the varied menu includes soups and salads as well as snacks, such as pork candy, wings and shrimp cocktail. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Where there’s smoke, there are barbecue restaurants. Here are 10 new ones.," 4 July 2019 By July, Sammy’s will add fish tacos, shrimp cocktail and ceviche along with weekend breakfast Dos Molinas’-style with huevos rancheros or chilaquiles. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Tacos, burgers and beer on the lake—from a Stockyards Tex-Mex legacy," 4 June 2019 China agreed last week to exempt shrimp, cancer drugs, pesticides and more than a dozen other products from tariffs. David Goldman, CNN, "The Federal Reserve is poised to deliver another rate cut," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Not only are shrimps sometimes, well, shrimps that inconveniently fall through the grill grates, but a skewer is a perfect way to hold them both against doing that plus to their cooked and contracted state. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Shrimp is a natural for grilling," 17 July 2019 For cocktail hour, there were big harvest tables with Antipasto, crudites, and cheese boards as well as a raw bar with local oysters, local little neck clams, and shrimp cocktail. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Beach Wedding in the Rain: Celia Rowlson-Hall and Mia Lidofsky’s Magical North Fork Ceremony," 16 Jan. 2019 Fold in spinach and cook until just beginning to wilt and shrimp are opaque throughout, 1 to 2 minutes more. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Garlicky Fiesta Shrimp," 20 Aug. 2018 The store's fishmongers can assist with anything from recipe suggestions to shrimp de-veining. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Here's a sneak peek inside Whole Foods, uptown Charlotte's new grocery store," 11 June 2018 By the early eighties, drug dealers were transporting pot and cocaine on shrimping boats from South America to the islands east of Savannah, and officers on the drug task force were taking a cut. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Spy Who Came Home," 30 Apr. 2018 All the shellfish comes by the pound, so shrimp ends up giving you more edible fish than king crab legs ($35), for instance, because the latter’s shells are heavy. Joan Wilder, BostonGlobe.com, "Where everybody has to put down the phone to eat," 27 Apr. 2018 Saturday's blessing of water vessels - a maritime tradition to mark the start of shrimping season - should be finished before the inclement weather makes it to the island, Barthelemy said. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet Fest still on for Saturday," 13 Apr. 2018 Menu options range from their popular burgers to shrimp tacos and a pork and beans dish recommended for sharing. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit women's convention: 14 restaurants you can walk to from Cobo," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of shrimp

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shrimp

Noun

Middle English shrimpe; akin to Middle Low German schrempen to contract, wrinkle, Old Norse skorpna to shrivel up

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The first known use of shrimp was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for shrimp

shrimp

noun
How to pronounce shrimp (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shrimp

: a small shellfish that has a long body and legs and that is eaten as food
informal : a very small or unimportant person

shrimp

noun
\ ˈshrimp How to pronounce shrimp (audio) \

Kids Definition of shrimp

1 : a small shellfish of the sea that is related to the crabs and lobsters and is often used for food
2 : a very small or unimportant person or thing

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