from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small, chiefly insectivorous mammals of the family Soricidae, resembling a mouse but having a long pointed snout and small eyes and ears. Also called shrewmouse.
- n. A woman with a violent, scolding, or nagging temperament; a scold.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of numerous small mouselike, chiefly nocturnal, mammals of the family Soricidae.
- n. An ill-tempered, nagging woman: a scold.
- v. To beshrew; to curse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Wicked; malicious.
- n. Originally, a brawling, turbulent, vexatious person of either sex, but now restricted in use to females; a brawler; a scold.
- n. Any small insectivore of the genus Sorex and several allied genera of the family Sorecidæ. In form and color they resemble mice, but they have a longer and more pointed nose. Some of them are the smallest of all mammals.
- transitive v. To beshrew; to curse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wicked or evil person; a malignant person.
- n. A woman of a perverse, violent, or malignant temper; a scold; a termagant.
- n. An evil thing; a great danger.
- n. A planet of evil or malignant aspect or influence.
- Wicked; evil; ill-natured; unkind.
- To make evil; deprave.
- To curse; beshrew.
- n. A small insectivorous mammal of the genus Sorex or family Soricidæ; a shrew-mouse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman
- n. small mouselike mammal with a long snout; related to moles
Middle English shrewe, villian, from Old English scrēawa, shrewmouse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English scrēawa, of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)