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Princeton's WordNet

  1. runt, shrimp, peewee, half-pint(noun)

    disparaging terms for small people

  2. prawn, shrimp(noun)

    any of various edible decapod crustaceans

  3. shrimp(verb)

    small slender-bodied chiefly marine decapod crustaceans with a long tail and single pair of pincers; many species are edible

  4. shrimp(verb)

    fish for shrimp


  1. shrimp(Noun)

    any of many small decapod crustaceans, of the infraorders Caridea, many of which are edible

  2. shrimp(Noun)

    the flesh of the crustaceans

  3. shrimp(Noun)

    a small, puny or unimportant person

  4. shrimp(Verb)

    to fish for shrimp

  5. Origin: Middle English schrimpe ‘shrimp, puny person’, from skrimpaz (confer Middle High German schrimpf ‘scratch’, Norwegian skramp ‘thin horse, thin man’), from (confer Old English scrimman ‘to shrink’, Middle High German schrimpfen ‘to shrink, dry up’, Swedish skrympa ‘to shrink’), from skremb (confer Lithuanian skrembti ‘to crust over, stiffen’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shrimp(verb)

    to contract; to shrink

  2. Shrimp

    any one of numerous species of macruran Crustacea belonging to Crangon and various allied genera, having a slender body and long legs. Many of them are used as food. The larger kinds are called also prawns. See Illust. of Decapoda

  3. Shrimp

    in a more general sense, any species of the macruran tribe Caridea, or any species of the order Schizopoda, having a similar form

  4. Shrimp

    in a loose sense, any small crustacean, including some amphipods and even certain entomostracans; as, the fairy shrimp, and brine shrimp. See under Fairy, and Brine

  5. Shrimp

    figuratively, a little wrinkled man; a dwarf; -- in contempt

  6. Origin: [OE. shrimp; -- probably so named from its shriveled appearance. See Shrimp, v.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shrimp

    shrimp, n. a genus of edible crustaceans, of the order Decapoda, allied to lobsters, crayfish, and prawns: a little wizened or dwarfish person.—v.i. to catch shrimps.—ns. Shrimp′er, one who catches shrimps; Shrimp′ing, the act of catching shrimps; Shrimp′-net, a small-meshed net, on a hoop and pole, for catching shrimps. [Parallel to shrink; cf. Scotch scrimpit, pinched.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shrimp

    The small crustacean Crangon vulgaris, well known as an article of food.

Editors Contribution

  1. shrimp

    A type of aquatic crustacea.

    Shrimp is a popular aquatic seafood farmed and fished around the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 27, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrimp in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrimp in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of shrimp in a Sentence

  1. Thieu Tran:

    We're now worried that shrimp prices will put us out of business.

  2. Rosemarie North:

    The floods, landslides and tropical Cyclone Komen did a lot of damage to agricultural land, salt production, shrimp farming and fishing.

  3. Somsak Piriyayota:

    We have a government policy to reclaim forests - from investors, but not from poor people. With shrimp farmers, it's generally investors.

  4. Lance Authement:

    People are going to have to eat more shrimp or the government's going to have to control the amount of shrimp coming into the country, one of the two.

  5. Chief Executive Adirek Sripratak:

    The situation of the EMS disease should recover during summer in the second quarter. As the weather is hotter, the rate of survival for baby shrimp will be higher.

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