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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English *schrewe, from Old English scrēawa(shrew, literally biter), from Proto-Germanic *skrawwaz(thin; meagre; frail), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker-(to cut; shorten; skimp). Cognates include Old High German scrawaz(dwarf), Norwegian skrugg(dwarf).

 
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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 (order Soricomorpha).
  2. Certain other small mammals that resemble true shrews (order Soricomorpha).
  3. (pejorative) 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.
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  • (mouselike mammal): ranny (obsolete)
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English schrewen(to make evil; curse), from Middle English schrewe, schrowe, screwe(wicked; evil; an evil person), from Old English *scrēawa(wicked person, literally biter). Perhaps ultimately from the same word as Etymology_1 above.

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.