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Definitions of shrewd

  1. Inclining to shrew; disposing to curse or scold; hence, vicious; malicious; evil; wicked; mischievous; vexatious; rough; unfair; shrewish. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. 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
  3. Shrewdness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. Shrewdly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. 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.
  6. Acute; sagacious. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. Keen; sharp; sagacious. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. 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.
  9. Sagacious; acute; of nice discernment; sly; artful. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for shrewd

  1. He had been careful not to tell her Hardy's reasons for coming, but he had a shrewd idea that his caution was wasted. – At Sunwich Port, Complete by W.W. Jacobs
  2. " But, sir-" " Don't be alarmed, my dear, a judge is likely to know how to grant what is due to justice and-" he puts on a shrewd look here-" to beauty." – The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete by Honore de Balzac
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