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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’).

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. Shyla Raghav:

    Shrimp farming is the largest driver of mangrove deforestation.

  2. Leigh Henry:

    The threat is still the gillnet, but Leigh Henry’re now dealing with a whole new industry, instead of legal shrimp fishers, we’re now dealing with transnational organized crime and people working on the black market. In the last few years, the Mexican government has stepped up its efforts to curtail poaching in the Gulf of California – the body of water that separates the Baja Peninsula from the rest of Mexico – adding in June two small boats, a number of vehicles and 135 sailors to an enforcement force deployed in 2015 under the Upper Gulf of California Integrated Protection Program. The new support joined the 13 ships, five vehicles, a helicopter-carrying ship and a plane already deployed to combat illegal fishing in the region. The U.S., which is seen as the main transshipment country for the totoaba’s bladders, has also joined in the fight against traffickers. Last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 1,328 pounds of totoaba fish bladders that were in route to Hong Kong. While conservationists agree that the main battle to save the totoaba and vaquita is in Mexican water, they acknowledge that the demand for the bladders in China is the reason for the illegal trade and argued that officials in Beijing and Hong Kong need to crack down on the underground fish trade. ' WORLD'S SADDEST POLAR BEAR' MOVED AFTER OUTPOURING OF OUTRAGE TOWARDS CHINESE MALL The problem, experts argue, is that wildlife trafficking is so pervasive in the world’s most populous nation that authorities are stretched thin and forced to give priority to larger cases.

  3. Jeff Ludwin:

    Preservatives and other additives are often added to frozen varieties to help maintain their quality, scallops and shrimp, for instance, are treated with sulfites to prevent them from deteriorating.

  4. Rosemarie North:

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

  5. Thieu Tran:

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

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    actively or fully engaged or occupied
    • A. squashy
    • B. busy
    • C. whirring
    • D. profound

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