shrewish


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shrew·ish

 (shro͞o′ĭsh)
adj.
Ill-tempered; nagging.

shrew′ish·ly adv.
shrew′ish·ness n.

shrewish

(ˈʃruːɪʃ)
adj
(esp of a woman) bad-tempered and nagging
ˈshrewishly adv
ˈshrewishness n

shrew•ish

(ˈʃru ɪʃ)

adj.
having the disposition of a shrew; nagging.
[1325–75]
shrew′ish•ly, adv.
shrew′ish•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.shrewish - continually complaining or faultfindingshrewish - continually complaining or faultfinding; "a shrewish wife"; "nagging parents"
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition
Translations

shrewish

[ˈʃruːɪʃ] ADJregañón, de mal genio

shrewish

shrewish

[ˈʃruːɪʃ] adj (pej) (woman, wife) → bisbetico/a
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They have a sharp, shrewish look, which I do not like at all; and in her air altogether there is a self-sufficiency without fashion, which is intolerable.
This Miggs was a tall young lady, very much addicted to pattens in private life; slender and shrewish, of a rather uncomfortable figure, and though not absolutely ill-looking, of a sharp and acid visage.
It was natural for four reasons: firstly, because Mrs Quilp being a young woman and notoriously under the dominion of her husband ought to be excited to rebel; secondly, because Mrs Quilp's parent was known to be laudably shrewish in her disposition and inclined to resist male authority; thirdly, because each visitor wished to show for herself how superior she was in this respect to the generality of her sex; and forthly, because the company being accustomed to acandalise each other in pairs, were deprived of their usual subject of conversation now that they were all assembled in close friendship, and had consequently no better employment than to attack the common enemy.
Poyser was elderly or shrewish in her appearance; she was a good-looking woman, not more than eight-and-thirty, of fair complexion and sandy hair, well-shapen, light-footed.
Momaya, being of a short temper and of another people, had little respect for the witch-doctor of her husband's tribe, and so, when he suggested that a further payment of two more fat goats would doubtless enable him to make stronger medicine, she promptly loosed her shrewish tongue upon him, and with such good effect that he was glad to take himself off with his zebra's tail and his pot of magic.
Fame and Honor call No shrewish teares shall fill your eye When the sword-hilt's in our hand, -- Heart-whole we'll part, and no whit sighe For the fayrest of the land; Let piping swaine, and craven wight, Thus weepe and poling crye, Our business is like men to fight.
Though he accuses Zhenya of neglecting his boy, Boris -- who's already impregnated his young girlfriend, who still lives with her shrewish mother -- sees no advantage in keeping Alexey himself.
Sadly, Livia's contributions to the marriage have been constant, greedy demands or loud, shrewish complaints.
Watching jealously from the sidelines is the narrator Frankie, an accountant (again) who has the hots for Anna and who has a shrewish 'old crone' for a wife.
Instead of being a shrewish eye-roller (the unfortunate standard for strong women in sitcoms), she models how to live a beautiful life--even one that is messy and complicated.
Early Shrew films, to use just one example, repeat and highlight the image of the shrewish woman driving a car.
The Taming of the Shrew tells the story of Katherina, a shrewish girl whom nobody wants to marry because of her attitude, and Petruchio, a clever and dashing man who accepts the challenge, marries her and softens her with his love.