shrewd

[shrood]

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English shrewed, in part representing shrew1 + -ed3 (cf. dogged, wicked); in part probably past participle of shrewen to curse, v. use of shrew1 (see -ed2)

shrewdly, adverb
shrewdness, noun
unshrewd, adjective
unshrewdly, adverb
unshrewdness, noun


1. quick, discerning, perceptive, perspicacious, sagacious, keen; discriminating, intelligent. See acute.
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shrewd (ʃruːd)
 
adj
1.  astute and penetrating, often with regard to business
2.  artful and crafty: a shrewd politician
3.  obsolete
 a.  piercing: a shrewd wind
 b.  spiteful
 
[C14: from shrew (obsolete vb) to curse, from shrew]
 
'shrewdly
 
adv
 
'shrewdness
 
n

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shrewd
c.1300, "wicked, evil," from shrewe "wicked man" (see shrew). Cf. crabbed from crab, dogged from dog, wicked from witch. The sense of "cunning" is first recorded 1520.
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Example sentences
She is also a shrewd consensus builder, adept at winning local support.
She had a shrewd head for business and handled their finances skillfully.
If given enough leeway, they quickly become shrewd managers of their own
  finances.
The inquisitors were shrewd students of human nature.
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