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shrimp

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Pronunciation: /ʃrɪmp
 
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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 of commercial importance as food.
  • Pandalus, Crangon, and other genera, order Decapoda
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: I can handle a shrimp like him any time
More example sentences
  • Are you sure you want to hang out with that shrimp?

verb

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Fish for shrimps: (as modifier 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.

Words that rhyme with shrimp

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

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