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shrew

 (shro͞o)
n.
1. 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.
2. A woman regarded as an ill-tempered scold or nag.

[Middle English shrewe, rascal, devil, evil creature, overbearing woman, from Old English scrēawa, shrewmouse.]

shrew

(ʃruː)
n
1. (Animals) Also called: shrewmouse any small mouse-like long-snouted mammal, such as Sorex araneus (common shrew), of the family Soricidae: order Insectivora (insectivores). See also water shrew
2. a bad-tempered or mean-spirited woman
[Old English scrēawa; related to Old High German scrawaz dwarf, Icelandic skröggr old man, Norwegian skrugg dwarf]

shrew1

(ʃru)

n.
a woman of violent temper and speech; termagant.
[1200–50; Middle English: villain, evildoer (of either sex)]

shrew2

(ʃru)

n.
any of several small, mouselike, insect-eating mammals of the family Soricidae, having a long, sharp snout and small, poorly developed eyes.
[before 900; Old English scrēawa]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shrew - a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman
disagreeable woman, unpleasant woman - a woman who is an unpleasant person
virago - a noisy or scolding or domineering woman
yenta - (Yiddish) a vulgar shrew; a shallow coarse termagant
2.shrew - small mouselike mammal with a long snoutshrew - small mouselike mammal with a long snout; related to moles
insectivore - small insect-eating mainly nocturnal terrestrial or fossorial mammals
common shrew, Sorex araneus - common American shrew
masked shrew, Sorex cinereus - commonest shrew of moist habitats in North America
Blarina brevicauda, short-tailed shrew - North American shrew with tail less than half its body length
water shrew - any of several small semiaquatic shrews usually living near swift-flowing streams
Cryptotis parva, least shrew - small brown shrew of grassy regions of eastern United States

shrew

1
noun nag, fury, dragon (informal), spitfire, virago, vixen, harpy, harridan, termagant (rare), scold, Xanthippe, ballbreaker (slang) After the first visit he announced that his stepmother was a shrew.

shrew

2 noun
Related words
adjective soricine

Shrews and other insectivores

desman, elephant shrew, mole, moon rat, shrew or shrewmouse, shrew mole, solenodon, star-nosed mole, tenrec, tree shrew, water shrew

shrew

noun
A person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes:
Informal: battle-ax.
Translations
إمْرأه سَليطَة اللسان وشَرِسَة الطِّباعالزّبابه: حيوان يُشْبِه الفِئْران
dračicehubatá ženskárejsekzlá
rappenskralderivejernspidsmus
äkäpussipäästäinen
rovka
cickányhárpia
snjáldra, snjáldurmús
kirstukaspasiutėlė
cirsliskaška sievakurmisspitniece
diablicadračicapiskor
rovka
cadolozkır faresişirret

shrew

[ʃruː] N
1. (Zool) → musaraña f
2. (fig) (pej) (= woman) → arpía f, fiera f
"The Taming of the Shrew""La fierecilla domada"

shrew

[ˈʃruː] n
(= animal) → musaraigne f
(= bad-tempered woman) → mégère f

shrew

nSpitzmaus f; (fig)Xanthippe f; “The Taming of the Shrew” (Liter) → „Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung

shrew

[ʃruː] n (Zool) → toporagno (fig) (pej) (woman) → strega

shrew

(ʃruː) noun
1. a type of small mouse-like animal with a long, pointed nose.
2. an old word for an unpleasant woman with a violent temper and sharp tongue.
References in classic literature ?
You're a foul shrew, Mother Gargery, growled the journeyman.
The wicked shrew was determined to get rid of the girl by fair means or foul, and kept saying to her father: 'Send her away, old man; send her away--anywhere so that my eyes sha'n't be plagued any longer by the sight of her, or my ears tormented by the sound of her voice.
Be off, and God speed you, and bad luck to you, and don't show your face in all this island, or within six leagues of it on any side, under pain of two hundred lashes; be off at once, I say, you shameless, cheating shrew.
Never suppose that she was a termagant or a shrew for all this; she had the kindliest heart in the world, and acted towards me in particular in a truly maternal manner, occasionally putting some little morsel of choice food,into my hand, some outlandish kind of savage sweetmeat or pastry, like a doting mother petting a sickly urchin with tarts and sugar plums.
Let her alone for a shrew to the bone And the hussy comes plucking your sleeve
But as the fly in his ointment of jovial irresponsibility was his wife, Lenerengo--the prize shrew of Somo, who was as lean about the middle and all the rest of her as her husband was rotund; who was as remarkably sharp-spoken as he was soft-spoken; who was as ceaselessly energetic as he was unceasingly idle; and who had been born with a taste for the world as sour in her mouth as it was sweet in his.
The children of the neighbourhood were afraid of the hard-featured shrew who presided over the Bartell house; but, summoning their resolution, they rang the bell and told Ann Bartell of the accident.
cried one, "here is an old dotard shrew to have so goodly a crutch
No one regards the external similarity of a mouse to a shrew, of a dugong to a whale, of a whale to a fish, as of any importance.
Noah's wife, for example, came regularly to be presented as a shrew, who would not enter the ark until she had been beaten into submission; and Herod always appears as a blustering tyrant, whose fame still survives in a proverb of Shakspere's coinage--'to out-Herod Herod.
Observations on the diet composition of the gray shrew Nouosorex crawfordi (Insectivora) including interactions with large arthropods.
The Taming of the Shrew at Abergavenny Castle (and touring to Barry Island) ?