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adjective,shrewd·er, shrewd·est.
  1. having or showing astute or sharp judgment in practical matters, sometimes at the cost of moral compromise: a shrewd businessman.

  2. cunning or tricky; artful.

  1. keen; piercing: shrewd pain.

  2. Archaic. mischievous; naughty.

  3. Obsolete. malicious or evil; bad.

  4. Obsolete. shrewish.

Origin of shrewd

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English shrewed, in part representing shrew1 + -ed3 (cf. dogged1, wicked); in part probably past participle of shrewen “to curse,” verb use of shrew1 (see -ed2)

synonym study For shrewd

1. See acute.

Other words for shrewd

Other words from shrewd

  • shrewd·ly, adverb
  • shrewd·ness, noun
  • un·shrewd, adjective
  • un·shrewd·ly, adverb

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How to use shrewd in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for shrewd


/ (ʃruːd) /

  1. astute and penetrating, often with regard to business

  2. artful and crafty: a shrewd politician

  1. obsolete

    • piercing: a shrewd wind

    • spiteful

Origin of shrewd

C14: from shrew (obsolete vb) to curse, from shrew

Derived forms of shrewd

  • shrewdly, adverb
  • shrewdness, noun

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