adjective, shrewd·er, shrewd·est.
- shrew mole,
Origin of shrewd
Examples from the Web for shrewd
The deviating family melodrama has, thankfully, been replaced by shrewd spycraft.‘Homeland’ Season 4: A Stripped-Down and Surprisingly Badass Return to Form|Marlow Stern|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As someone with a shrewd eye for the absurd, it is entirely possible somewhere Joan Rivers is smiling right now.
It stands to reason that nowadays, to do the latter would be shrewd indeed.
According to tradition, the typical Yankee peddler was thought to be so shrewd that he could carve and sell counterfeit nutmegs.
They listen to their shrewd father, Tywin Lannister, smear their dead son in front of his corpse.Game of Thrones’ Most WTF Sex Scene: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Jaime Lannister’s Darkest Hour|Marlow Stern|April 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We have a shrewd idea that he may be hanging in the neighbourhood again very shortly.
He was a shrewd observer, and had drawn his own conclusions, but discreetly kept them to himself.Marguerite De Roberval|T. G. Marquis
The replies of Sandilla to various remarks and questions lately put to him are shrewd enough.The Cape and the Kaffirs|Harriet Ward
A kind, shrewd man was Mr. Boffin, devoted to his wife, whom he greatly admired.Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1|The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
She was saving and shrewd, with the Scotch-Irish passion for "getting ahead."Cyrus Hall McCormick|Herbert Newton Casson
- piercinga shrewd wind
Word Origin for shrewd
c.1300, "wicked, evil," from shrewe "wicked man" (see shrew). Cf. crabbed from crab (n.), dogged from dog (n.), wicked from witch (n.). The sense of "cunning" is first recorded 1510s. Related: Shrewdly; shrewdness. Strutt's "Sports and Pastimes of the People of England" (1801) has a shrewdness of apes for a company or group of them. Shrewdie "cunning person" is from 1916.