from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by keen awareness, sharp intelligence, and often a sense of the practical.
- adj. Disposed to artful and cunning practices; tricky.
- adj. Sharp; penetrating: a shrewd wind.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters
- adj. artful, tricky or cunning
- adj. streetwise
- adj. knowledgeable
- adj. Scolding, satirical, sharp.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Inclining to shrew; disposing to curse or scold; hence, vicious; malicious; evil; wicked; mischievous; vexatious; rough; unfair; shrewish.
- adj. Artful; wily; cunning; arch.
- adj. Able or clever in practical affairs; sharp in business; astute; sharp-witted; sagacious; keen
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Evil; accursed; malignant; wicked.
- Having a curst temper; scolding; vixenish; shrewish.
- Annoying; mischievous; vexatious; troublesome; malicious.
- Sharp: keen; biting; harsh.
- Sly; canning; artful; spiteful.
- Astute; sagacious; discriminating; discerning; smart; sharp: as, a shrewd man of the world.
- Indicating shrewdness; due to shrewdness; involving or displaying sagacity or astuteness: as, a shrewd remark; a shrewd face.
- Synonyms Artful, Sly, etc., (see cunning), wily, subtle.
- Acute, Keen, etc. (see acute), discerning, penetrating, politic, ingenious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. used of persons
- adj. marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
Middle English shrewed, wicked, from shrew, rascal; see shrew.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English shrewe ("evil man"). See shrew (Wiktionary)