Definitions for shrewdʃrud

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shrewdʃrud(adj.)-er, -est.

  1. astute or sharp in practical matters:

    a shrewd politician.

  2. keen; piercing.

  3. artful; marked by cleverness, perceptiveness, etc.:

    a shrewd choice.

  4. Archaic. malicious.

  5. Obs. bad.

  6. Obs. shrewish.

Origin of shrewd:

1275–1325; ME shrewed; see shrew1, -ed3


Princeton's WordNet

  1. astute, sharp, shrewd(adj)

    marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

    "a smart businessman"; "an astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease"; "he was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow"

  2. calculating, calculative, conniving, scheming, shrewd(adj)

    used of persons

    "the most calculating and selfish men in the community"


  1. shrewd(Adjective)

    showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters

  2. shrewd(Adjective)

    artful, tricky or cunning

  3. shrewd(Adjective)


  4. shrewd(Adjective)


  5. Origin: From shrewe. See shrew

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shrewd

    inclining to shrew; disposing to curse or scold; hence, vicious; malicious; evil; wicked; mischievous; vexatious; rough; unfair; shrewish

  2. Shrewd

    artful; wily; cunning; arch

  3. Shrewd

    able or clever in practical affairs; sharp in business; astute; sharp-witted; sagacious; keen; as, a shrewd observer; a shrewd design; a shrewd reply

Translations for shrewd

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


showing good judgement; wise

a shrewd man; a shrewd choice.

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