Definition of shrewd in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʃruːd


  • 2 archaic (Especially of weather) piercingly cold: a shrewd east wind
  • 2.1(Of a blow) severe: a bayonet’s shrewd thrust
  • 2.2Mischievous; malicious.



More example sentences
  • The time has been spent wisely and shrewdly - in bed reading, sending e-mails to friends and cooking.
  • The movie presents her not just as ambitious talent; we also see the shrewdly calculating side that propelled her into the spotlight.
  • Immediately afterwards they were slain: the Spartans shrewdly calculated that these were the ones who presented the greatest danger.


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  • Success in such great affairs is not a matter of cleverness, or even shrewdness, but instead a matter of honorable conduct and mutual confidence.
  • He is a man of some tactical shrewdness and no discernible principles.
  • Whether it is calculated shrewdness or insanity is the question at the heart of the nuclear stand-off.


Middle English (in the sense 'evil in nature or character'): from shrew in the sense 'evil person or thing', or as the past participle of obsolete shrew 'to curse'. The word developed the sense 'cunning', and gradually gained a favourable connotation during the 17th century.

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