- a city now part of Shrewsbury and Atcham, in Salop, in W England.
- a town in central Massachusetts.
Examples from the Web for shrewsbury
Since then, St. John's has moved to the suburbs—hence the "Shrewsbury"—and become a high-rent prep school.Football, Hold the Stuffing
Charles P. Pierce
November 26, 2008
Talbot having been afterwards made the first Earl of Shrewsbury.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
The one at Shrewsbury does not appear to be of any great antiquity.Bygone Punishments
He was for a line to Shrewsbury, and also a line to Oswestry, but not to Oswestry alone.
The farmers, however, did not want to go to Shrewsbury market.
"I didn't expect this of you, Mr. Shrewsbury," Mrs. Whitney said, beginning to cry.A Final Reckoning
G. A. Henty
- a town in W central England, administrative centre of Shropshire, on the River Severn: strategically situated near the Welsh border; market town. Pop: 67 126 (2001)
Word Origin and History for shrewsbury
one of the most etymologically complex of English place names, it illustrates the changes wrought in Old English words by Anglo-French scribes who could not pronounce them. Recorded 1016 as Scrobbesbyrig, it originally may have meant "the fortified place in (a district called) The Scrub." The initial consonant cluster was impossible for the scribes, who simplified it to sr-, then added a vowel (sar-) to make it easier still.
The name was also changed by Anglo-French loss or metathesis of liquids in words containing -l-, -n-, or -r- (also evident in the derivatives of Old French Berengier "bear-spear" -- Old High German Beringar -- name of one of the paladins in the Charlemagne romances and a common given name in England 12c. and 13c., which has come down in surnames as Berringer, Bellanger, Benger, etc.). Thus Sarop- became Salop- and in the 12c. and 13c. the overwhelming spelling in government records was Salopesberie, which accounts for the abbreviation Salop for the modern county.
During all this, the Anglo-Saxon inhabitants (as opposed to the French scribes) still pronounced it properly, and regular sound evolutions probably produced a pronunciation something like Shrobesbury (which turns up on a 1327 patent roll). After a predictable -b- to -v- (a vowel in the Middle Ages) to -u- shift, the modern spelling begins to emerge 14c. and is fully established 15c.
Shrewsbury clock, for some reason, became proverbial for exactness, and thus, naturally, proverbial as indicating exaggeration of accuracy (1590s).