Beshrew meaning

bĭ-shro͝o
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To invoke evil upon; curse.
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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.”

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A mildly imprecatory or merely expletive introductory exclamation, in the form of the imperative.

Beshrew your heart, Fair daughter! ― Shakespeare.

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(archaic) To curse.

Beshrew thee.

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Origin of beshrew

  • Middle English bishrewen bi- be- shrew wicked person shrew

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English beshrewen (“to curse, pervert”), equivalent to be- +‎ shrew.

    From Wiktionary