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shrimp

[shrimp] /ʃrɪmp/
noun, plural shrimps (especially collectively) shrimp for 1.
1.
any of several small, long-tailed, chiefly marine crustaceans of the decapod suborder Natania, certain species of which are used as food.
2.
Informal. a diminutive or insignificant person.
verb (used without object)
3.
to catch or try to catch shrimps.
adjective
4.
(of food) made with or containing shrimp:
shrimp salad.
5.
of or pertaining to shrimp or their catching, processing, and marketing:
a shrimp boat.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English shrimpe crustacean, puny person; akin to Middle High German schrimpfen to contract, Old English scrimman to shrink
Related forms
shrimplike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shrimplike

shrimp

/ʃrɪmp/
noun
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.
Also called sand shrimp. any of various shrimplike amphipod crustaceans of the genus Gammarus, esp G. locusta See also opossum shrimp
5.
(informal) a diminutive person, esp a child
verb
6.
(intransitive) to fish for shrimps
Derived Forms
shrimper, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German schrempen to shrink; see scrimp, crimp
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Word Origin and History for shrimplike
shrimp
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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Slang definitions & phrases for shrimplike

shrimp

noun

A very short or small person; peanut (1386+)


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