shrew

  • 1 Shrew — Shrew, n. [See {Shrew}, a.] 1. Originally, a brawling, turbulent, vexatious person of either sex, but now restricted in use to females; a brawler; a scold. [1913 Webster] A man . . . grudgeth that shrews [i. e., bad men] have prosperity, or else… …

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  • 2 Shrew — Shrew, v. t. [See {Shrew}, a., and cf. {Beshrew}.] To beshrew; to curse. [Obs.] I shrew myself. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 Shrew — Shrew, a. [OE. shrewe, schrewe. Cf. {Shrewd}.] Wicked; malicious. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 shrew — small mammal, O.E. screawa shrew mouse, unknown outside English, perhaps from P.Gmc. *skreu to cut (see SHRED (Cf. shred)). Alternative O.E. word for it was scirfemus, from sceorfan to gnaw. The meaning peevish, malignant, clamorous, spiteful,… …

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  • 5 shrew — [ʃru:] n [: Old English; Origin: screawa] 1.) a very small animal like a mouse with a long pointed nose 2.) old fashioned an unpleasant woman who always argues and disagrees with people …

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  • 6 shrew — [ ʃru ] noun count 1. ) a small animal that looks like a mouse with a pointed nose 2. ) OLD FASHIONED an insulting word for a woman who always complains, argues, or NAGS …

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  • 7 shrew — scold, vixen, termagant, *virago, amazon …

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  • 8 shrew — ► NOUN 1) a small insect eating mammal resembling a mouse, with a long pointed snout and tiny eyes. 2) a bad tempered or aggressively assertive woman. ORIGIN Old English …

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  • 9 shrew — [shro͞o] n. [ME schrewe, a malicious person < OE screawa, shrewmouse, akin to OHG scrawaz, dwarf, goblin, MHG schröuwel, devil < IE * (s)ker : see SHRED] 1. any of a number of small, slender, mouselike insectivore mammals (esp. family… …

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  • 10 shrew — shrew1 shrewlike, adj. /shrooh/, n. a woman of violent temper and speech; termagant. [1200 50; ME; special use of SHREW2] Syn. virago, nag, scold. shrew2 /shrooh/, n. any of several small, mouselike insectivores of the genus Sorex and related… …

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  • 11 Shrew — Taxobox name = ShrewsMSW3 Hutterer | pages = 223 300] fossil range = Middle Eocene to Recent image width = 250px image caption = Southern Short tailed Shrew regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Soricomorpha familia =… …

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  • 12 shrew — be·shrew; har·di·shrew; shrew·ish; shrew·ish·ly; shrew·ish·ness; shrew·ly; shrew; …

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  • 13 shrew — paprastasis kirstukas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Sorex araneus angl. English shrew; Eurasian common shrew; shrew; shrew mouse vok. gemeine Spitzmaus; Hausspitzmaus; Schabracken Waldspitzmaus;… …

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  • 14 shrew —    Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew has probably helped to keep this word alive, and to associate it almost exclusively with women.    In Shakespeare’s own time it could equally well be applied to a man, one who was felt to be malignant, but …

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  • 15 shrew — UK [ʃruː] / US [ʃru] noun [countable] Word forms shrew : singular shrew plural shrews 1) a small animal that looks like a mouse with a pointed nose 2) old fashioned an insulting word for a woman who always complains, argues, or nags …

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  • 16 shrew — I. noun Etymology: Middle English shrewe evil or scolding person, from Old English scrēawa shrew (animal) Date: before 12th century 1. any of a family (Soricidae) of small chiefly nocturnal insectivores related to the moles and distinguished by a …

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  • 17 shrew — noun /ʃɹuː/ a) Any of numerous small mouselike, chiefly nocturnal, mammals of the family Soricidae. One of Shakespeare’s plays is The Taming of the Shrew b) An ill tempered, nagging woman: a scold. Syn: ranny …

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  • 18 shrew — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. termagant, scold, virago, vixen, fishwife, henpecker, beldame. See evildoer, female. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. vixen, virago, termagant, spitfire, she devil, scold, porcupine, dragon, fury, fire eater,… …

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  • 19 shrew — [[t]ʃru͟ː[/t]] shrews N COUNT A shrew is a small brown animal like a mouse with a long pointed nose …

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  • 20 shrew — n. 1. Brawler, scold, termagant, vixen, virago, fury, turbulent woman. 2. Shrew mouse …

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