- 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 of shrewdMiddle English schrewed, past participle of schrewen, to curse ; from schrewe: see shrew
- Having or showing a clever awareness or resourcefulness, especially in practical matters.
- Disposed to or marked by artful and cunning practices; tricky.
- Archaic Sharp; penetrating: a shrewd wind.
Origin of shrewdMiddle English shrewed, wicked, from shrew, rascal; see shrew.
(comparative shrewder, superlative shrewdest)
From Middle English shrewe (“evil man"). See shrew