- shredded wheat,
- shrew mole,
Origin of shrew1
Origin of shrew2
Examples from the Web for shrew
Read another way, she is a horrible mother, an uptight snob, and a bit of a shrew.Colm Toibin Describes The Creation Of His Quiet Masterpiece ‘Nora Webster’|Jennie Yabroff|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All the parts for women are awful, and chauvinistic and they have to play a shrew.The Sex Scenes in ‘The Spectacular Now’ Are Awkward, Honest, and All Too Real|Anna Klassen|August 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Her popularity is up, her guard is down, and her image as a shrew is a relic of the past.How Hillary Clinton Got Hot After Years of Being Stuck With a Cold Image|Howard Kurtz|April 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Why not rewrite 'The Taming of the Shrew' with a new background?Charles Frohman: Manager and Man|Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
You forced him to die alone with your sneering face, while your shrew of a wife counted cards downstairs.Richard Carvel, Complete|Winston Churchill
A face with more of the shrew in embryo than that of the girl, it is scarcely possible to conceive.
Soric′ident, having teeth like the shrew; Sor′icine, pertaining to the shrew-mouse; Sor′icoid, soricine.
The kulu in question was more of a coquette than she was of a shrew.Gorillas & Chimpanzees|R. L. Garner
Word Origin for shrew
small insectivorous mammal, Old English screawa "shrew-mouse," unknown outside English, and "the absence of evidence for the word between the OE. period and the 16th c is remarkable" [OED]. Perhaps from Proto-Germanic *skraw-, from PIE *skreu- "to cut; cutting tool" (see shred (n.)), in reference to the shrew's pointed snout. Alternative Old English word for it was scirfemus, from sceorfan "to gnaw."
The meaning "peevish, malignant, clamorous, spiteful, vexatious, turbulent woman" [Johnson] is late 14c., from earlier sense of "spiteful person" (male or female), mid-13c., traditionally said to derive from some supposed malignant influence of the animal, which was once believed to have a venomous bite and was held in superstitious dread (cf. beshrew). Paired with sheep from 1560s as the contrasting types of wives.