Shrew definition

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The definition of a shrew is a long-nosed, skinny mammal that looks like a mouse.

An example of a shrew is the Etruscan shrew.

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Any of numerous small mouselike, chiefly nocturnal, mammals of the family Soricidae.
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Shrew is defined as a woman with a bad temper who nags or scolds.

An example of a shrew is a character in a novel that is angry for no reason all the time.

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Any of a number of small, slender, mouselike, insectivorous mammals (esp. family Soricidae) with soft fur and a long, pointed snout.
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A scolding, bad-tempered woman.
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(obsolete) To beshrew; to curse.
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Any of various small, chiefly insectivorous mammals of the family Soricidae, resembling a mouse but having a long pointed snout and small eyes and ears.
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An ill-tempered, nagging woman: a scold.

You'd better not stay out late tonight "” your mother is quite a shrew and you'll never hear the end of it.

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A woman regarded as an ill-tempered scold or nag.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shrew
Plural:
shrews

Origin of shrew

  • Middle English shrewe rascal, devil, evil creature, overbearing woman from Old English scrēawa shrewmouse

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

  • Old English scrÄ“awa, of unknown origin.

    From Wiktionary