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shrew

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[ shroo ]
/ ʃru /
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noun
a woman of violent temper and speech; termagant.
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Origin of shrew

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1200–50; Middle English; special use of shrew2

OTHER WORDS FROM shrew

shrewlike, adjective

Other definitions for shrew (2 of 2)

shrew2
[ shroo ]
/ ʃru /

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

Origin of shrew

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before 900; Middle English (only in compounds), Old English scrēawa
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How to use shrew in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for shrew

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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