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shrewd

[shrood] /ʃrud/
adjective, shrewder, shrewdest.
1.
astute or sharp in practical matters:
a shrewd politician.
2.
keen; piercing.
3.
artful (def 1).
4.
Archaic. malicious.
5.
Obsolete. bad1 .
6.
Obsolete. shrewish.
Origin of shrewd
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English shrewed, in part representing shrew1 + -ed3 (cf. dogged1, wicked); in part probably past participle of shrewen to curse, v. use of shrew1 (see -ed2)
Related forms
shrewdly, adverb
shrewdness, noun
unshrewd, adjective
unshrewdly, adverb
unshrewdness, noun
Synonyms
1. quick, discerning, perceptive, perspicacious, sagacious, keen; discriminating, intelligent. See acute.
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  • "You find the scene strange, Marquis," said the ambassador, glancing at him shrewdly.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • They look into him shrewdly, as an old jockey does into a horse.

  • "Gimme a cigarette 'nd I'll tell you," bargains Tracey shrewdly.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • "You men have both been drinking yourselves," she said shrewdly.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • All this time his eyes were watching me shrewdly, speculatively.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for shrewdly

shrewd

/ʃruːd/
adjective
1.
astute and penetrating, often with regard to business
2.
artful and crafty: a shrewd politician
3.
(obsolete)
  1. piercing: a shrewd wind
  2. spiteful
Derived Forms
shrewdly, adverb
shrewdness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from shrew (obsolete vb) to curse, from shrew
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Word Origin and History for shrewdly

shrewd

adj.

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.

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