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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shrew, termagant(noun)

    a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman

  2. shrew, shrewmouse(noun)

    small mouselike mammal with a long snout; related to moles


  1. shrew(Noun)

    Any of numerous small mouselike, chiefly nocturnal, mammals of the family Soricidae.

  2. shrew(Noun)

    An ill-tempered, nagging woman: a scold.

    You'd better not stay out late tonight uE00026504uE001 your mother is quite a shrew and you'll never hear the end of it.

  3. Origin: screawa, of unknown origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shrew(adj)

    wicked; malicious

  2. Shrew(adj)

    originally, a brawling, turbulent, vexatious person of either sex, but now restricted in use to females; a brawler; a scold

  3. Shrew(adj)

    any small insectivore of the genus Sorex and several allied genera of the family Sorecidae. In form and color they resemble mice, but they have a longer and more pointed nose. Some of them are the smallest of all mammals

  4. Shrew(adj)

    to beshrew; to curse

  5. Origin: [See Shrew, a.]


  1. Shrew

    A shrew or shrew mouse is a small mole-like mammal classified in the order Soricomorpha. True shrews are also not to be confused with West Indies shrews, treeshrews, otter shrews, or elephant shrews, which belong to different families or orders. Although its external appearance is generally that of a long-nosed mouse, a shrew is not a rodent, as mice are, and is in fact more closely related to moles. Shrews have sharp, spike-like teeth, not the familiar gnawing front incisor teeth of rodents. Shrews are distributed almost worldwide: of the major tropical and temperate land masses, only New Guinea, Australia, and New Zealand do not have any native shrews; in South America, shrews are relatively recent immigrants and are present only in the northern Andes. In terms of species diversity, the shrew family is the fourth most successful mammal family, being rivalled only by the muroid rodent families Muridae and Cricetidae and the bat family Vespertilionidae.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shrew

    shrōō, n. a brawling, troublesome woman: a scold: a family of insectivorous mammals closely resembling, in general form and appearance, the true mice and dormice—the head long, muzzle long and pointed.—adj. Shrewd, of an acute judgment: biting, keen: sly, malicious, wicked, cunning, vixenish.—adv. Shrewd′ly.—n. Shrewd′ness.—adj. Shrew′ish, having the qualities of a shrew: peevish and troublesome: clamorous.—adv. Shrew′ishly.—ns. Shrew′ishness; Shrew′-mole, a genus of insectivorous mammals of the family Talpidæ, very closely allied to the moles.—adj. Shrew′-struck, poisoned or blasted by a shrew. [A.S. screáwa, a shrew-mouse, its bite having been supposed venomous; cf. Ger. scher-maus, a mole.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrew in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrew in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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