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shrewd

[shrood] /ʃrud/
adjective, shrewder, shrewdest.
1.
astute or sharp in practical matters:
a shrewd politician.
2.
keen; piercing.
3.
4.
Archaic. malicious.
5.
Obsolete, bad.
6.
Obsolete, shrewish.
Origin
1275-1325
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)
Related forms
shrewdly, adverb
shrewdness, noun
unshrewd, adjective
unshrewdly, adverb
unshrewdness, noun
Synonyms
1. quick, discerning, perceptive, perspicacious, sagacious, keen; discriminating, intelligent. See acute.
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British Dictionary definitions for shrewdest

shrewd

/ʃruːd/
adjective
1.
astute and penetrating, often with regard to business
2.
artful and crafty: a shrewd politician
3.
(obsolete)
  1. piercing: a shrewd wind
  2. spiteful
Derived Forms
shrewdly, adverb
shrewdness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from shrew (obsolete vb) to curse, from shrew
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Word Origin and History for shrewdest

shrewd

adj.

c.1300, "wicked, evil," from shrewe "wicked man" (see shrew). Cf. crabbed from crab (n.), dogged from dog (n.), wicked from witch (n.). The sense of "cunning" is first recorded 1510s. Related: Shrewdly; shrewdness. Strutt's "Sports and Pastimes of the People of England" (1801) has a shrewdness of apes for a company or group of them. Shrewdie "cunning person" is from 1916.

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