Origin of shrewd
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Examples from the Web for shrewd
The deviating family melodrama has, thankfully, been replaced by shrewd spycraft.‘Homeland’ Season 4: A Stripped-Down and Surprisingly Badass Return to Form
September 30, 2014
As someone with a shrewd eye for the absurd, it is entirely possible somewhere Joan Rivers is smiling right now.Joan Rivers: 'Death Is Like Plastic Surgery'
September 4, 2014
It stands to reason that nowadays, to do the latter would be shrewd indeed.
According to tradition, the typical Yankee peddler was thought to be so shrewd that he could carve and sell counterfeit nutmegs.
They listen to their shrewd father, Tywin Lannister, smear their dead son in front of his corpse.Game of Thrones’ Most WTF Sex Scene: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Jaime Lannister’s Darkest Hour
April 21, 2014
Christine was not over-intelligent, perhaps, but she was shrewd.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
One was an elderly savage, with a wrinkled, shrewd countenance.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
England had been shrewd enough to guarantee them their domains and revenues.In the Valley
Some of his sayings were shrewd and sharp; but he was sometimes aggressive.Heroes of the Telegraph
Oh, shrewd people, Mr Clennam: evidently people of business!Little Dorrit
- astute and penetrating, often with regard to business
- artful and craftya shrewd politician
- piercinga shrewd wind
Word Origin and History for shrewd
c.1300, "wicked, evil," from shrewe "wicked man" (see shrew). Cf. crabbed from crab (n.), dogged from dog (n.), wicked from witch (n.). The sense of "cunning" is first recorded 1510s. Related: Shrewdly; shrewdness. Strutt's "Sports and Pastimes of the People of England" (1801) has a shrewdness of apes for a company or group of them. Shrewdie "cunning person" is from 1916.