Old English scrēawa, of unknown origin.
shrew (plural shrews)
- Any of numerous small mouselike, chiefly nocturnal, mammals of the family Soricidae.
- An ill-tempered, nagging woman: a scold.
- You'd better not stay out late tonight — your mother is quite a shrew and you'll never hear the end of it.
- (mouselike mammal): ranny (obsolete)
- (mouselike mammal): common shrew
terms derived from shrew (noun)