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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.