adjective, shrewd·er, shrewd·est.
Origin of shrewd
Synonyms for shrewd
Related Words for shrewderingenious, sensible, penetrating, wise, sly, keen, farsighted, slick, judicious, perceptive, cagey, astute, canny, sharp, prudent, probing, crafty, smart, wily, acute
Examples from the Web for shrewder
Contemporary Examples of shrewder
A shrewder wordsmith might have better navigated the thicket of legislative traps during the Arizona debate.Rick Santorum’s Beltway Curse Is Hurting His 2012 Campaign
February 24, 2012
He was described as the apotheosis of mediocrity by MacArthur, but he was much wiser and shrewder.How to Fire a General
June 22, 2010
Historical Examples of shrewder
There has never been a shrewder king on a throne than Charles II.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
"The man's a deeper and shrewder rascal than I had any idea of," he said.The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus
Horatio Alger Jr.
Your brother Simon is a shrewder man; he has been to school at Kolozsvar.Manasseh
Was he no better than Bethune—only shrewder, more patient, richer in imagination?The Gold Girl
James B. Hendryx
There was a shrewder man back of him who planned this and took the 102 money.Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall
Jean K. Baird
- 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.