Definition of shrewd in English:
- Pitt made his way to power more by shrewd political judgement and sheer luck than by public acclaim.
- Your admirers and detractors alike have used these terms - an astute politician, shrewd, cunning - to characterise you.
- He was a very shrewd, very sharp head of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- 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.
- Example sentences
astuteness, sharp-wittedness, sharpness, acuteness, acumen, acuity, intelligence, cleverness, smartness, alertness, wit, canniness, common sense, discernment, insight, understanding, penetration, perception, perceptiveness, perspicacity, perspicaciousness, discrimination, knowledge, sagacity, sageness;rare sapience, arguteness
- 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.
Words that rhyme with shrewdallude, brood, collude, conclude, crude, delude, dude, elude, étude, exclude, extrude, exude, feud, food, illude, include, intrude, Jude, lewd, mood, nude, obtrude, occlude, Oudh, preclude, protrude, prude, pseud, pultrude, rood, rude, seclude, snood, transude, unglued, unsubdued, who'd, you'd
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