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Definitions of shrewd

  1. marked by practical hardheaded intelligence; "a smart businessman"; "an astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease"; "he was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Of or pertaining to mathematical calculations; performing or able to perform mathematical calculations. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Inclining to shrew; disposing to curse or scold; hence, vicious; malicious; evil; wicked; mischievous; vexatious; rough; unfair; shrewish. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Artful; wily; cunning; arch. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Able or clever in practical affairs; sharp in business; astute; sharp-witted; sagacious; keen; as, a shrewd observer; a shrewd design; a shrewd reply. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Sharp-witted or clever in practical affairs; keen; as, a shrewd business man; cunning; biting; harsh. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Shrewdly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Shrewdness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Of an acute judgment: (obs.) malicious, wicked, cunning. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Acute; sagacious. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. Keen; sharp; sagacious. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Of acute judgment; of nice discernment; sagacious; showing sagacity; originally, shrewish; vexatious. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. Sagacious; acute; of nice discernment; sly; artful. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. (Of pain, cold, &c.) sharp, biting, (archaic); sagacious, sensible, discriminating, astute, judicious, (can make a s. guess; a s. observer; s. face &c., sagacious-looking). Hence shrewdly adv., shrewdness n. [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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