Origin of beshrewMiddle English bishrewen: see be- and shrew
transitive verbbe·shrewed, be·shrew·ing, be·shrews Archaic
Origin of beshrewMiddle English bishrewen bi- be- shrew wicked person ; see shrew .
(third-person singular simple present beshrews, present participle beshrewing, simple past and past participle beshrewed)
- 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XII:
- I had expected to freeze her young – or, rather, middle-aged – blood and have her perm stand on end like quills upon the fretful porpentine, and she hadn't moved a muscle. “Beshrew me,” I said, “you take it pretty calmly.”
- A mildly imprecatory or merely expletive introductory exclamation, in the form of the imperative.
- Beshrew your heart, Fair daughter! ― Shakespeare.
From Middle English beshrewen (“to curse, pervert”), equivalent to be- + shrew.