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Princeton's WordNet

  1. runt, shrimp, peewee, half-pintnoun

    disparaging terms for small people

  2. prawn, shrimpnoun

    any of various edible decapod crustaceans

  3. shrimpverb

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

  4. shrimpverb

    fish for shrimp


  1. shrimpnoun

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

  2. shrimpnoun

    the flesh of the crustaceans

  3. shrimpnoun

    a small, puny or unimportant person

  4. shrimpverb

    to fish for shrimp

  5. Etymology: 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’).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shrimpnoun

    Etymology: schrumpe, a wrinkle, German; scrympe, Danish.

    Of shell-fish there are wrinkles, shrimps, crabs. Carew.

    Hawks and gulls can at a great height see mice on the earth, and shrimps in the waters. William Derham.

    It cannot be, this weak and writhled shrimp
    Should strike such terrour in his enemies. William Shakespeare.

    He hath found,
    Within the ground,
    At last, no shrimp,
    Whereon to imp
    His jolly club. Ben Jonson.


  1. Shrimp

    Shrimp are crustaceans (a form of shellfish) with elongated bodies and a primarily swimming mode of locomotion – most commonly Caridea and Dendrobranchiata of the decapod order, although some crustaceans outside of this order are referred to as "shrimp". More narrow definitions may be restricted to Caridea, to smaller species of either group or to only the marine species. Under a broader definition, shrimp may be synonymous with prawn, covering stalk-eyed swimming crustaceans with long, narrow muscular tails (abdomens), long whiskers (antennae), and slender legs. Any small crustacean which resembles a shrimp tends to be called one. They swim forward by paddling with swimmerets on the underside of their abdomens, although their escape response is typically repeated flicks with the tail driving them backwards very quickly. Crabs and lobsters have strong walking legs, whereas shrimp have thin, fragile legs which they use primarily for perching.Shrimp are widespread and abundant. There are thousands of species adapted to a wide range of habitats. They can be found feeding near the seafloor on most coasts and estuaries, as well as in rivers and lakes. To escape predators, some species flip off the seafloor and dive into the sediment. They usually live from one to seven years. Shrimp are often solitary, though they can form large schools during the spawning season.They play important roles in the food chain and are an important food source for larger animals ranging from fish to whales. The muscular tails of many shrimp are edible to humans, and they are widely caught and farmed for human consumption. Commercial shrimp species support an industry worth 50 billion dollars a year, and in 2010 the total commercial production of shrimp was nearly 7 million tonnes. Shrimp farming became more prevalent during the 1980s, particularly in China, and by 2007 the harvest from shrimp farms exceeded the capture of wild shrimp. There are significant issues with excessive bycatch when shrimp are captured in the wild, and with pollution damage done to estuaries when they are used to support shrimp farming. Many shrimp species are small as the term shrimp suggests, about 2 cm (0.79 in) long, but some shrimp exceed 25 cm (9.8 in). Larger shrimp are more likely to be targeted commercially and are often referred to as prawns, particularly in the Commonwealth of Nations and former British colonies.


  1. shrimp

    Shrimp are small, decapod crustaceans that are found in seas, oceans, and freshwater bodies across the globe. They are primarily distinguished by their elongated bodies, thin shells, long whiskers, and fan-like tails. Shrimp are a popular type of seafood and form an important part of many ecosystems, serving as food for larger marine animals. They can range in size from tiny species of just a few millimeters to larger ones that can reach up to 30 centimeters in length.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shrimpverb

    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. Etymology: [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.

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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. 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.

  2. Andrew Zimmern:

    Shrimp remoulade is one of the fastest, tastiest, most delicious treats that you could possibly imagine, i don't think there's a better dish. You [ can ] do it all ahead of time and simply pour the sauce on right before your guests get there. They can dip if they want. They can plate if they want. You can make a big batch, a small batch. You can do this with other meats or seafood or everything if you don't like shrimp, but I think it's fantastic.

  3. Urvashi Rangan:

    Vibrio is the most common cause of food poisoning from eating raw oysters, and even though most bacteria on shrimp would be killed during the cooking process, our test results raise real questions about how shrimp is raised, processed, and regulated.

  4. John Luft:

    The importance of the brine shrimp in the Great Salt Lake ecosystem can’t be overstated, we are thrilled about the designation of the brine shrimp as the state crustacean and the attention they are getting for their role at the Great Salt Lake.

  5. 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.

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