shrewish


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shrew·ish

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

shrew′ish·ly adv.
shrew′ish·ness n.
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shrewish

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

(ˈʃru ɪʃ)

adj.
having the disposition of a shrew; nagging.
[1325–75]
shrew′ish•ly, adv.
shrew′ish•ness, n.
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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
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Translations

shrewish

[ˈʃruːɪʃ] ADJregañón, de mal genio
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shrewish

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shrewish

[ˈʃruːɪʃ] adj (pej) (woman, wife) → bisbetico/a
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References in classic literature ?
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.
Postscript: If I had to remove one word from this book, it would be the word 'shrewish' used to describe Fatima Jinnah.
Forceful Petruchia - Claire Price - seems perfect for taming Joseph Arkley's Katherine, who isn't really so shrewish to begin with.
Forceful Petruchia (Claire Price) seems perfect for taming Joseph Arkley's Katherine, who isn't that shrewish, while Bianco (James Cooney) has no shortage of female admirers in this matriarchal world.
This is partly because, for centuries, the idea of a rageful woman was seen as unfeminine and shrewish.
A socialite novelist, an eccentric medium, an unforgiving ex-wife, and a shrewish spouse create non-stop supernatural hijinks in this world-class comedy.
Again, Mortellaro s soprano shone with vibrancy as the shrewish Rita.