shrimp

noun
\ˈshrimp, 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, ˈsrimp-​ \ adjective
shrimpy \ˈshrim-​pē, 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

Ingredients from Florida, from the shrimp at the wok station to the eggs used throughout the restaurant, will be used when possible. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Universal Orlando's Aventura Hotel will include food hall inspired Urban Pantry," 29 June 2018 Add the shrimp to the tomato sauce and simmer 2 minutes or until they are thoroughly cooked. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Toss spicy Italian puttanesca with shrimp and angel hair in this sublime summer dish," 18 June 2018 Do not overlook the shrimp and pork dumplings, swimming with napa cabbage and bits of guanciale in a pork-rich broth. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Anticipation for Pacific Standard Time pays off with wood-fired excellence," 15 June 2018 The artichokes had a little acidity and the shrimp were cooked correctly. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "The food doesn't yet live up to the Perch's pretty promise of a view," 14 June 2018 Cut scallops and salmon into pieces similar in size to the shrimp. Lisa Lillien, PEOPLE.com, "Slash Your Sugar Intake with Hungry Girl's Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe," 11 June 2018 Saute until the shrimp are done and the onions are translucent. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Potato, shrimp and chorizo hash is a spicy delight," 20 May 2018 As soon as the shrimp turn pink and begin to curl, remove them from the top layer and set aside. Replace lid and cook until all clams and mussels are open, approximately another 5 minutes. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Dutch Oven Clam Bake," 11 May 2018 Winning unanimous disfavor, however, was the petite size of the six shrimp on the plate. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Get It Inn provides spicy addition to Locust Point," 18 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 These include Ann Sather cinnamon rolls, deep-dish pizza, and shrimp de jonghe. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "The Chicago Food Encyclopedia is an historical treat," 13 Sep. 2017 Recipe: Shrimp With Creamed Corn and Feta Follow NYT Food on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Want to Make Creamed Corn Into a Meal? Add Shrimp," 18 Aug. 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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More Definitions for shrimp

shrimp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shrimp

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

: a very small or unimportant person

shrimp

noun
\ˈshrimp \

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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