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Meaning of SHREWD

Pronunciation:  shrood

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  marked by practical hardheaded intelligence; "a smart businessman"; "an astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease"; "he was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow"
  2. [adj]  used of persons; "the most calculating and selfish men in the community"

SHREWD is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: astute, calculating, calculative, conniving, hard, scheming, sharp, smart



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Shrewd\, a. [Compar. {Shrewder}; superl. {Shrewdest}.]
[Originally the p. p. of shrew, v.t.]
1. Inclining to shrew; disposing to curse or scold; hence,
   vicious; malicious; evil; wicked; mischievous; vexatious;
   rough; unfair; shrewish. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

         [Egypt] hath many shrewd havens, because of the
         great rocks that ben strong and dangerous to pass
         by.                                   --Sir J.

         Every of this happy number That have endured shrewd
         days and nights with us.              --Shak.

2. Artful; wily; cunning; arch.

         These women are shrewd tempters with their tongues.

3. Able or clever in practical affairs; sharp in business;
   astute; sharp-witted; sagacious; keen; as, a shrewd
   observer; a shrewd design; a shrewd reply.

         Professing to despise the ill opinion of mankind
         creates a shrewd suspicion that we have deserved it.

Syn: Keen; critical; subtle; artful; astute; sagacious;
     discerning; acute; penetrating.

Usage: {Shrewd}, {Sagacious}. One who is shrewd is keen to
       detect errors, to penetrate disguises, to foresee and
       guard against the selfishness of others. Shrewd is a
       word of less dignity than sagacious, which implies a
       comprehensive as well as penetrating mind, whereas
       shrewd does not. -- {Shrewd"ly}, adv. --
       {Shrewd"ness}, n.