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shrimp

noun \ ˈshrimp , especially Southern ˈsrimp \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of shrimp

plural shrimp or shrimps
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

shrimplike

play \ˈshrimp-ˌlīk, ˈsrimp-\ adjective

shrimpy

play \ˈshrim-pē, ˈsrim-\ adjective

Examples of shrimp in a Sentence

  1. He's a little shrimp of a boy.

  2. the boy was just a shrimp until his teens, when he had a growth spurt

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Origin and Etymology of shrimp

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

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shrimp

verb

Definition of shrimp

intransitive verb
: to fish for or catch shrimp

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SHRIMP Defined for English Language Learners

shrimp

noun

Definition of shrimp for English Language Learners

  • : a small shellfish that has a long body and legs and that is eaten as food

  • : a very small or unimportant person


SHRIMP Defined for Kids

shrimp

noun \ ˈshrimp \

Definition of shrimp for Students

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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