adjective, shrewd·er, shrewd·est.
Origin of shrewd
Examples from the Web for shrewdness
In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness; persistence and faith.Full Text of President Obama's Eulogy for Nelson Mandela|The Daily Beast|December 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But he had a greater respect than ever for the shrewdness of the business manager of Carvel & Company.The Crisis, Complete|Winston Churchill
People were able to quote few definite opinions uttered by "Silent Simon," but any that could be quoted were shrewdness itself.Simon|J. Storer Clouston
In this letter Borrow gives another illustration of his shrewdness.The Life of George Borrow|Herbert Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for shrewdness
- piercinga shrewd wind
Word Origin for shrewd
Word Origin and History for shrewdness
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.