Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being shrewish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being shrewish; the conduct of a shrew.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a nature given to nagging or scolding

Etymologies

shrewish +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And he suspected that her nature tended toward shrewishness, which he, as a soldier who despised any pettishness, personally disliked.

    In Gordath Wood: Writer Patrice Sarath » Lady Blackheart

  • After Kitty Kelley's bio accused Nancy Reagan of greed, shrewishness and adultery with Frank Sinatra, Sinatra said he hoped Kelley walked in the path of "blind guys ... driving cars."

    Black Or White

  • My grounds are these: shrewishness, old age, bad manners, incompatibility, and extravagance.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • On first entering the nuptial hut, the bridegroom draws forth his horsewhip and inflicts memorable chastisement upon the fair person of his bride, with the view of taming any lurking propensity to shrewishness. 23 This is carrying out with a will the Arab proverb,

    First footsteps in East Africa

  • On first entering the nuptial hut the bridegroom draws forth his horsewhip and inflicts chastisement upon his bride, with the view of taming any lurking propensity to shrewishness.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • As soon as the words left her mouth she heard their shrewishness and would have called them back if she could.

    Mourn Not Your Dead

  • " The woman screamed after him, her voice an odd mixture of fear and shrewishness, "Sheb, you come back here!

    The Gunslinger

  • While to some men association with so peculiar and trying a nature as Rusha Thornton's might have brought moroseness and all unloveliness, Duncan Lisle, like the philosopher of hemlock fame, had turned his wife's shrewishness into a coat of armor, within which he preserved his soul serene, contemplative, and peaceful.

    Hubert's Wife A Story for You

  • A single, well articulated stroke on the door of my apartment, roused me at once to action, and I shouted, "come in," with nervous eagerness; it opened, and gave egress to a staid matron, of high stature, and sharp countenance; I would have pledged my existence on her shrewishness from the first moment I beheld her.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 265, July 21, 1827

  • The weather had broken, and the sharp wind was almost autumnal in its shrewishness.

    The Mysterious Affair at Styles

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