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shrewd

[shrood]
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adjective, shrewd·er, shrewd·est.
  1. astute or sharp in practical matters: a shrewd politician.
  2. keen; piercing.
  3. artful(def 1).
  4. Archaic. malicious.
  5. Obsolete. bad1.
  6. Obsolete. shrewish.
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Origin of shrewd

1275–1325; Middle English shrewed, in part representing shrew1 + -ed3 (cf. dogged1, wicked); in part probably past participle of shrewen to curse, v. use of shrew1 (see -ed2)
Related formsshrewd·ly, adverbshrewd·ness, nounun·shrewd, adjectiveun·shrewd·ly, adverbun·shrewd·ness, noun

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  • "You find the scene strange, Marquis," said the ambassador, glancing at him shrewdly.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • They look into him shrewdly, as an old jockey does into a horse.

  • "Gimme a cigarette 'nd I'll tell you," bargains Tracey shrewdly.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • "You men have both been drinking yourselves," she said shrewdly.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • All this time his eyes were watching me shrewdly, speculatively.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum


British Dictionary definitions for shrewdly

shrewd

adjective
  1. astute and penetrating, often with regard to business
  2. artful and craftya shrewd politician
  3. obsolete
    1. piercinga shrewd wind
    2. spiteful
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Derived Formsshrewdly, adverbshrewdness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from shrew (obsolete vb) to curse, from shrew
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Word Origin and History for shrewdly

shrewd

adj.

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.

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