noun, plural shrimps (especially collectively) shrimp for 1.
any of several small, long-tailed, chiefly marine crustaceans of the decapod suborder Natania, certain species of which are used as food.
Informal. a diminutive or insignificant person.
verb (used without object)
to catch or try to catch shrimps.
(of food) made with or containing shrimp: shrimp salad.
of or pertaining to shrimp or their catching, processing, and marketing: a shrimp boat.

1300–50; Middle English shrimpe crustacean, puny person; akin to Middle High German schrimpfen to contract, Old English scrimman to shrink

shrimplike, adjective Unabridged
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shrimp (ʃrɪmp)
1.  any of various chiefly marine decapod crustaceans of the genus Crangon and related genera, having a slender flattened body with a long tail and a single pair of pincers
2.  any of various similar but unrelated crustaceans, such as the opossum shrimp and mantis shrimp
3.  Also called: freshwater shrimp any of various freshwater shrimplike amphipod crustaceans of the genus Gammarus, esp G. pulex
4.  See also opossum shrimp Also called: sand shrimp any of various shrimplike amphipod crustaceans of the genus Gammarus, esp G. locusta
5.  informal a diminutive person, esp a child
6.  (intr) to fish for shrimps
[C14: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German schrempen to shrink; see scrimp, crimp]

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Word Origin & History

1327, "kind of slender shellfish," probably from O.N. skreppa "thin person," from P.Gmc. *skrempanan (see scrimp). Related to O.E. scrimman "to shrink." The connecting notion is probably "thinness" (cf. Dan. dialectal skrimpe "thin cattle"). The meaning "puny person" in Eng.
is attested from late 14c.
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Example sentences
There is also a thriving fishing industry, providing shrimp and oysters.
Which meant double whiskey sours and maybe a joint and some boiled shrimp.
Hot-wing aficionados will flip for these grilled shrimp, seasoned with bottled
  hot sauce and melted butter.
They shared a common ancestor with crustaceans, such as shrimp, which also have
  jointed legs and jointed exoskeletons.
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