I. noun (plural shrimps or shrimp) Etymology: Middle English shrimpe; akin to Middle Low German schrempen to contract, wrinkle, Old Norse skorpna to shrivel up Date: 14th century 1. any of numerous mostly small and marine decapod crustaceans (suborders Dendrobranchiata and Pleocyemata) having a slender elongated body, a compressed abdomen, and a long spiny rostrum and including some (especially family Penaeidae) that are commercially important as food; also a small crustacean (as an amphipod or a branchiopod) resembling the true shrimps 2. a very small or puny person or thing • shrimplike adjectiveshrimpy adjective II. intransitive verb Date: 1808 to fish for or catch shrimps

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  • Shrimp — Shrimp, n. [OE. shrimp; probably so named from its shriveled appearance. See {Shrimp}, v.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) Any one of numerous species of macruran Crustacea belonging to {Crangon} and various allied genera, having a slender body and long legs.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrimp — 〈[ʃrı̣mp] m. 6; meist Pl.〉 Krabbe (1); oV Schrimp [engl.] * * * Shrimp [ʃrɪmp ], Schrimp, der; s, s <meist Pl.> [engl. shrimp, zu aengl. scrimman = sich winden]: kleine Krabbe; ↑ 1Granat. * * * Shrimp [ʃrɪmp], der; s, s <meist Pl.>… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • shrimp — [shrimp] n. pl. shrimps or shrimp [ME schrimpe, shrimp, puny person < base of OE scrimman (akin to obs. Ger schrimpfen, to shrink, dry up) < IE * (s)kremb , to turn, twist, shrink < base * (s)ker , to turn] 1. any of a large number of… …   English World dictionary

  • shrimp — [ ʃrımp ] noun count 1. ) a small SHELLFISH (=an ocean animal with a hard shell around it) with a lot of legs. a ) a shrimp eaten as food: shrimp cocktail 2. ) INFORMAL an insulting word for someone who is very small …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shrimp — shrimp·er; shrimp·ish; shrimp; …   English syllables

  • Shrimp — Shrimp, v. t. [Cf. AS. scrimman to dry up, wither, MHG. schrimpfen to shrink, G. schrumpfen, Dan. skrumpe, skrumpes, Da. & Sw. skrumpen shriveled. Cf. {Scrimp}, {Shrink}, {Shrivel}.] To contract; to shrink. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shrimp — [ʃrımp] n plural shrimp or shrimps 1.) a small sea creature that you can eat, which has ten legs and a soft shell British Equivalent: prawn 2.) someone who is very small used humorously …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Shrimp — [ʃ...] der; s, s (meist Plur.) <aus gleichbed. engl. shrimp zu altengl. scrimman »sich winden«> kleine, essbare Garnele, Nordseekrabbe …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Shrimp — Shrimp, s. Garnelen …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Shrimp — 〈[ʃrı̣mp] m.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s; meist Pl.〉 Krabbe; oV [Etym.: engl.] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • shrimp — early 14c., kind of slender shellfish, probably from O.N. skreppa thin person, from P.Gmc. *skrempanan (see SCRIMP (Cf. scrimp)). Related to O.E. scrimman to shrink. The connecting notion is probably thinness (Cf. Dan. dialectal skrimpe thin… …   Etymology dictionary

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