pl. shrimps or
- any of a large number of small, slender, long-tailed decapods, mostly marine: many are highly valued as food
- Informal a small or insignificant person
Origin of shrimpMiddle English schrimpe, shrimp, puny person ; from base of Old English scrimman (akin to obsolete German schrimpfen, to shrink, dry up) ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)kremb-, to turn, twist, shrink ; from base an unverified form (s)ker-, to turn
to fish for shrimp
nounpl. shrimp or shrimps
- a. Any of various small, chiefly marine, often edible decapod crustaceans that have a laterally compressed, elongated body with long antennae and long legs used for swimming. The shrimps include species belonging to the superfamily Penaeoidea of the suborder Dendrobranchiata and to the infraorder Caridea of the suborder Pleocyemata.b. The flesh of one of these crustaceans, used as food.
- Any of various similar crustaceans, such as a fairy shrimp.
- Derogatory Slang A person who is small in stature.
intransitive verbshrimped, shrimp·ing, shrimps
To fish for shrimp.
Origin of shrimpMiddle English shrimpe, possibly of Low German origin.
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