He was described as the apotheosis of mediocrity by MacArthur, but he was much wiser and shrewder.
A shrewder wordsmith might have better navigated the thicket of legislative traps during the Arizona debate.
The ways of shrewd people are hard to understand; and in all New England there is no shrewder Yankee than the crow.
Was he no better than Bethune—only shrewder, more patient, richer in imagination?
No; I think that I will take a shrewder action, for I cannot afford to lose more.
There was a shrewder man back of him who planned this and took the 102 money.
That will please Mary; she never liked him, and women in these matters of likes and dislikes are shrewder than we are.
There has never been a shrewder king on a throne than Charles II.
In doing as they did, the Comanches were shrewder than would be supposed.
"The man's a deeper and shrewder rascal than I had any idea of," he said.
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.