- 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
Examples from the Web for shrimplike
These toothpick-sized, shrimplike crustaceans thrive in vast quantities in Antarctic waters.Can Krill End World Hunger?
December 16, 2011
- 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 and History for shrimplike
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).