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shrimp

Syllabification: shrimp
Pronunciation: /SHrimp
 
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Definition of shrimp in English:

noun (plural same or shrimps)

1A small free-swimming crustacean with an elongated body, typically marine and frequently harvested for food.
Example sentences
  • While blue whales may occasionally feed on pelagic crabs and small fishes, their diet is almost exclusively euphausiid shrimps commonly called krill.
  • Eumalacostraca is the group that contains most of the animals the general public recognize as crustaceans, such as shrimp, crabs, lobsters.
  • The trip north is slow for the cow-calf pair because of stops for nursing and the occasional meal of mysid shrimp or other food encountered.
1.1 informal derogatory A small, physically weak person.
Example sentences
  • Are you sure you want to hang out with that shrimp?

verb

[no object] Back to top  
Fish for shrimp: (as adjective shrimping) a shrimping net
More example sentences
  • It's fascinating to me that a man would move from Harvard Business School to shrimping to biotech.
  • There was dinghy sailing on the Camel Estuary, shrimping at low tide near Padstow, dune-jumping at Rock, surfing on Polzeath beach, surfing anywhere.
  • They watch porno films, sing old ‘revolutionary’ songs, and go shrimping in a shallow pond.

Origin

Middle English: probably related to Middle Low German schrempen 'to wrinkle', Middle High German schrimpfen 'to contract', also to scrimp.

Derivatives

shrimpy

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • I was a shrimpy, insecure city kid when I first went to camp.
  • Jonathan is a shrimpy little guy with surprisingly strong muscles (which make his arms look like an orange on a stick) and short stubby legs (which can run at an unusually fast speed).
  • The shrimpy eight-ounce cans drain your wallet more so than they drain your thirst.

Words that rhyme with shrimp

blimp, chimp, crimp, gimp, imp, limp, pimp, primp, scrimp, simp, skimp, wimp

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