adjective Etymology: Middle English shrewed, from shrewe + 1-ed Date: 13th century 1. archaic mischievous 2. obsolete abusive, shrewish 3. obsolete ominous, dangerous 4. a. severe, hard <
a shrewd knock
b. sharp, piercing <
a shrewd wind
5. a. marked by clever discerning awareness and hardheaded acumen <
shrewd common sense
b. given to wily and artful ways or dealing <
a shrewd operator
shrewdly adverbshrewdness noun Synonyms: shrewd, sagacious, perspicacious, astute mean acute in perception and sound in judgment. shrewd stresses practical, hardheaded cleverness and judgment <
a shrewd judge of character
. sagacious suggests wisdom, penetration, and farsightedness <
sagacious investors got in on the ground floor
. perspicacious implies unusual power to see through and understand what is puzzling or hidden <
a perspicacious counselor saw through the child's facade
. astute suggests shrewdness, perspicacity, and diplomatic skill <
an astute player of party politics

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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