shrewish

[ shroo-ish ]
/ ˈʃru ɪʃ /

adjective

having the disposition of a shrew.

Nearby words

  1. shrew,
  2. shrew mole,
  3. shrewd,
  4. shrewdie,
  5. shrewdly,
  6. shrewishly,
  7. shrewmouse,
  8. shrewsbury,
  9. shri,
  10. shriek

Origin of shrewish

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at shrew1, -ish1

Related formsshrew·ish·ly, adverbshrew·ish·ness, nounun·shrew·ish, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for shrewish

shrewish

/ (ˈʃruːɪʃ) /

adjective

(esp of a woman) bad-tempered and nagging
Derived Formsshrewishly, adverbshrewishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for shrewish

shrewish

adj.

late 14c., "wicked, malignant," from shrew + -ish. Of women, "malignant and scolding," from 1560s. Related: Shrewishly; shrewishness.

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