shrew

1
[ shroo ]
/ ʃru /

noun

a woman of violent temper and speech; termagant.

Origin of shrew

1
1200–50; Middle English; special use of shrew2

Related forms

shrew·like, adjective

Definition for shrew (2 of 2)

shrew

2
[ shroo ]
/ ʃru /

noun

any of several small, mouselike insectivores of the genus Sorex and related genera, having a long, sharp snout.

Origin of shrew

2
before 900; Middle English (only in compounds), Old English scrēawa
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shrew

/ (ʃruː) /

noun

Also called: shrewmouse any small mouse-like long-snouted mammal, such as Sorex araneus (common shrew), of the family Soricidae: order Insectivora (insectivores)See also water shrew Related adjective: soricine
a bad-tempered or mean-spirited woman

Word Origin for shrew

Old English scrēawa; related to Old High German scrawaz dwarf, Icelandic skröggr old man, Norwegian skrugg dwarf
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