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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small, chiefly marine decapod crustaceans of the suborder Natantia, many species of which are edible, having a compressed or elongated body with a well-developed abdomen, long legs and antennae, and a long spinelike projection of the carapace.
  • n. Any of various similar crustaceans, such as certain isopods and amphipods.
  • n. Slang A person regarded as unimportant.
  • n. Slang A person who is small in stature.
  • intransitive v. To fish for shrimp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any of many swimming, often edible crustaceans, with slender legs, long whiskers and long abdomens
  • n. the flesh of the crustaceans
  • n. a small, puny or unimportant person
  • v. to fish for shrimp

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To contract; to shrink.
  • n.
  • n. Any one of numerous species of macruran Crustacea belonging to Crangon and various allied genera, having a slender body and long legs. Many of them are used as food. The larger kinds are called also prawns. See Illust. of decapoda.
  • n. In a more general sense, any species of the macruran tribe Caridea, or any species of the order Schizopoda, having a similar form.
  • n. In a loose sense, any small crustacean, including some amphipods and even certain entomostracans. See under fairy, and brine.
  • n. Figuratively, a little wrinkled man; a dwarf; -- in contempt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To contract; shrink.
  • n. A salt-water long-tailed ten-footed crustacean of the family Crangonidæ, and especially of the genus Crangon.
  • n. A little wrinkled person; a dwarfish creature; a manikin: in contempt.
  • To catch or fish for shrimps.

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

  • v. fish for shrimp
  • n. any of various edible decapod crustaceans
  • n. disparaging terms for small people
  • n. small slender-bodied chiefly marine decapod crustaceans with a long tail and single pair of pincers; many species are edible

Etymologies

Middle English shrimpe, possibly of Low German origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English schrimpe ‘shrimp, puny person’, from Proto-Germanic *skrimpaz (compare Middle High German schrimpf ‘scratch’, Norwegian skramp ‘thin horse, thin man’), from *skrimpanan (compare Old English scrimman ‘to shrink’, Middle High German schrimpfen ‘to shrink, dry up’, Swedish skrympa ‘to shrink’), from Proto-Indo-European *skremb, *skr̥mb (compare Lithuanian skrembti ‘to crust over, stiffen’). (Wiktionary)

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