[ shrimp ]
/ ʃrɪmp /

noun, plural shrimps, (especially collectively) shrimp for 1.

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.

verb (used without object)

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

1300–50; Middle English shrimpe crustacean, puny person; akin to Middle High German schrimpfen to contract, Old English scrimman to shrink


shrimplike, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for shrimp

/ (ʃrɪmp) /


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

Derived forms of shrimp

shrimper, noun

Word Origin for shrimp

C14: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German schrempen to shrink; see scrimp, crimp
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