- The definition of shrewd is sharp or intelligent with practical concerns.
An example of shrewd is only spending money on necessities.
- evil, bad, wicked, mischievous, shrewish, etc.
- artful, cunning, wily, etc. in one's dealings with others
- keen-witted, clever, or sharp in practical affairs; astute: the usual current sense
- Archaic keen; piercing; sharp
Origin: Middle English schrewed, past participle of schrewen, to curse from schrewe: see shrew
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adjective shrewd·er, shrewd·est
- Characterized by keen awareness, sharp intelligence, and often a sense of the practical.
- Disposed to artful and cunning practices; tricky.
- Sharp; penetrating: a shrewd wind.
Origin: Middle English shrewed, wicked, from shrew, rascal; see shrew.
- shrewdˈly adverb