Archaic to curse: mainly in mild imprecations: beshrew thee
Origin of beshrewMiddle English bishrewen: see be- and amp; shrew
transitive verbbe·shrewed, be·shrew·ing, be·shrews Archaic
To invoke evil upon; curse: “Beshrew thee, cousin, which didst lead me forth / Of that sweet way I was in to despair!” (Shakespeare).
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.