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

The numbing effect brought welcome intensity to a stir-fry of shrimp, beef and vegetables served in a sizzling wok. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Li’s Restaurant gives Chinese food fans a Sichuan fix in San Antonio’s Stone Oak," 5 Sep. 2019 Roast shrimp for 6 to 10 minutes until just cooked through, pink and opaque. Stacie Dong, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: This Citrus-Sambal Shrimp Grain Bowl is perfect any night of the week," 2 Sep. 2019 Bahruddin, 46, wonders whether his fish and shrimp ponds in Sedari village will survive. Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "Indonesia Confronts, Belatedly, a Huge Oil Spill Near Jakarta," 27 Aug. 2019 Surrounding nests with gravel and rocks may create a barrier against predators—like fish and shrimp, which feed on frog eggs and larvae—while also preventing fluctuating water levels from washing the spawn away. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "How Did the World’s Largest Frog Get So Big? Possibly by Building Its Own Ponds," 12 Aug. 2019 Yuen Long, which sits near fish and shrimp farms across a bay from the mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen, has both old villages and urban new towns, which were built in the 1970s and ’80s to handle Hong Kong’s population growth. Austin Ramzy, BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong protest hit by police tear gas as thousands gather in Yuen Long," 27 July 2019 The new location will feature a variety of new proteins like fish, shrimp and steak -- whatever is fresh and available. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al.com, "Fountain of Youth to open new location in Piccadilly Square," 11 July 2019 Microplastics have been found in more than 100 aquatic species, including fish, shrimp, and mussels destined for our dinner plates. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "The world's plastic pollution crisis explained," 12 June 2019 The low oxygen conditions in the Gulf's most productive waters stresses organisms and may even cause their death, threatening living resources, including fish, shrimp and crabs caught there. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Near-record 'dead zone' predicted in the Gulf of Mexico this summer," 10 June 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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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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