from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Poisoned by a shrew; smitten with a malady which a shrew was superstitiously supposed to impart by its bite or even its touch.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
If a child was scalded, a tooth ached, a piece of silver was stolen, a heifer shrew-struck, a pig bewitched, a young damsel crost in love, Lucy was called in, and Lucy found a remedy, especially for the latter complaint.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.