shrew

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EtymologyEdit

Old English scrēawa, of unknown origin.

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A shrew (def. 1)

NounEdit

shrew (plural shrews)

  1. Any of numerous small mouselike, chiefly nocturnal, mammals of the family Soricidae.
  2. 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.

SynonymsEdit

  • (mouselike mammal): ranny (obsolete)

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VerbEdit

shrew (third-person singular simple present shrews, present participle shrewing, simple past and past participle shrewed)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To beshrew; to curse.
    • Chaucer
      I shrew myself.
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