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
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;cunning, artfulness, craftiness, wiliness, calculation, calculatednessinformal nous, horse sense, savvyrare 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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