shrewd

[ shrood ]
/ ʃrud /

adjective, shrewd·er, shrewd·est.

astute or sharp in practical matters: a shrewd politician.
keen; piercing.
Archaic. malicious.
Obsolete. bad1.
Obsolete. shrewish.

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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.

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British Dictionary definitions for shrewd

shrewd
/ (ʃruːd) /

adjective

astute and penetrating, often with regard to business
artful and craftya shrewd politician
obsolete
  1. piercinga shrewd wind
  2. spiteful

Derived forms of shrewd

shrewdly, adverbshrewdness, noun

Word Origin for shrewd

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