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shrewish

[shroo-ish] /ˈʃru ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
having the disposition of a shrew.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see shrew1, -ish1
Related forms
shrewishly, adverb
shrewishness, noun
unshrewish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un shrewish

shrewish

/ˈʃruːɪʃ/
adjective
1.
(esp of a woman) bad-tempered and nagging
Derived Forms
shrewishly, adverb
shrewishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for un shrewish

shrewish

adj.

late 14c., "wicked, malignant," from shrew + -ish. Of women, "malignant and scolding," from 1560s. Related: Shrewishly; shrewishness.

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