- any of several small, long-tailed, chiefly marine crustaceans of the decapod suborder Natania, certain species of which are used as food.
- Informal. a diminutive or insignificant person.
- to catch or try to catch shrimps.
- (of food) made with or containing shrimp: shrimp salad.
- of or relating to shrimp or their catching, processing, and marketing: a shrimp boat.
Origin of shrimp
Related Words for shrimppaltry, measly, inconsequential, tiny, frail, trivial, feeble, poor, limited, short, slight, meager, young, miniature, modest, cramped, microscopic, narrow, minuscule, small-scale
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Contemporary Examples of shrimp
Chicken satay and shrimp cocktail are also good options, as you can watch the skewers and tails stack up.12 Thanksgiving Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work
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Salmon burgers and shrimp burgers are available, too, but they are no match for the crab.Become a Fried Seafood Believer at South Beach Market
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April 20, 2014
The cafeteria style stop is basically a comfort food joint—think baby back ribs, shrimp and grits, and gumbo—done well.Delayed? The Best Airport Restaurants to Eat at This Thanksgiving
November 27, 2013
I plan to get shrimp as well as the catfish and also the roast beef.New Orleans Celebrates Its Favorite Sandwich at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
November 26, 2013
From 10, 20, 30 years of the shrimp boats doing this, the sharks will follow these boats for miles.Off the Hook: Eric Young’s Craziest Shark Catches (Video)
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Historical Examples of shrimp
I helped her up on to this rock and baited her hook with shrimp.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
But, my dear Lawless, out of the host of servants at Heathfield, how do you know it was Shrimp who did it?Frank Fairlegh
Frank E. Smedley
Some of the young ones, as joyful skippers, could have tired out a shrimp.A Jolly Fellowship
Frank R. Stockton
"I hope we don't have to have much to do with Shrimp," muttered Noll Terry.
For Shrimp had been tried by court-martial, three days before.
- any of various chiefly marine decapod crustaceans of the genus Crangon and related genera, having a slender flattened body with a long tail and a single pair of pincers
- any of various similar but unrelated crustaceans, such as the opossum shrimp and mantis shrimp
- Also called: freshwater shrimp any of various freshwater shrimplike amphipod crustaceans of the genus Gammarus, esp G. pulex
- Also called: sand shrimp any of various shrimplike amphipod crustaceans of the genus Gammarus, esp G. locustaSee also opossum shrimp
- informal a diminutive person, esp a child
- (intr) to fish for shrimps
Word Origin for shrimp
early 14c., "slender, edible marine crustacean," probably from Old Norse skreppa "thin person," from Proto-Germanic *skrimp- (see scrimp). Related to Old English scrimman "to shrink;" the connecting notion is probably "thinness" (cf. Danish dialectal skrimpe "thin cattle"). The meaning "puny person" in English is attested from late 14c.; an especially puny one might be a shrimplet (1680s).
"fish for shrimp," 1801 (implied in shrimping ), from shrimp (n.). Related: Shrimper (1808).