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

diminutive, dwarf, midget, mite, peewee, pygmy (also pigmy), runt, scrub, Tom Thumb

Antonyms: Noun

behemoth, colossus, giant, jumbo, leviathan, mammoth, monster, titan

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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

If the fast-and-furious vibe doesn’t click your clock, the food will — perfectly fried calamari and shrimp, in a suit coat of batter, served hot as a Harley and lickety-split. Chris Erskinecolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Have a California moment at Neptune’s Net, a landmark seafood shack in Malibu," 8 Aug. 2019 First, diners chose their greens (romaine, spinach, kale or arugula), then a protein (chicken, ahi tuna, falafel, steak or shrimp) and a dressing (avocado lime, cilantro smoked chili, lemon herb, vegetarian green goddess and ranch). Daily Pilot, "On Food: Fork & Salad brings the ohana spirit of healthy eating to Orange," 8 Aug. 2019 This includes an intense scene in which Tyler pulls a floundering Zak (the character can’t swim) across a river as a shrimp boat bears down on him. Ben Crandell, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Can Zack Gottsagen, a Boynton Beach actor with Down syndrome, change Hollywood?," 7 Aug. 2019 Researchers have also found freshwater shrimp with traces of cocaine in the United Kingdom, according to a University of Suffolk study. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "Methed-up gators and ducks and geese, oh my! Tennessee police warn against flushing drugs down the toilet," 15 July 2019 Season shrimp with coriander, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Southwest Shrimp & Grits," 10 June 2019 Offerings range from classics like chicken milanese and bucatini carbonara, to fun new combinations like farro risotto and roasted shrimp with ajo blanco sauce. SELF, "The Best Meal-Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Main seafood dishes include the popular Mediterranean sea bass, chopped salmon salad and fisherman’s salad featuring octopus, calamari and shrimp with mixed greens. Joan Cary, Aurora Beacon-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Basil’s Greek Dining in Aurora," 8 July 2018 This dish consists of chicken and shrimp with cucumber, kale, spinach, seaweed salad, cheese, tempura crunch, and teriyaki sauce. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney Springs restaurants serving special barbecue dishes, beer pairings this summer," 28 June 2018

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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shrimp

noun

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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