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Ill-tempered; nagging.

shrew′ish·ly adv.
shrew′ish·ness n.
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Noun1.shrewishness - a nature given to nagging or scolding
ill nature - a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition


nBoshaftigkeit f, → Giftigkeit f
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The weather had broken, and the sharp wind was almost autumnal in its shrewishness.
Deer proposes that Shakespeare's couple adopts the stereotypical poses of shrew and braggart--she to protest her father's willingness to sell her off to 'mercenary suitors', and he to tame her shrewishness by 'mirroring' its 'destructiveness'.
344), he gives Cassio a reputation for drunkenness, Othello a reputation for violence, and Emilia a reputation for shrewishness, while cultivating his own reputation as "honest Iago.
The association of male pamphleteering with "railing" was widened, through the publication of pamphlets on the "woman question" that now afforded space to female speech, to include shrewishness and scolding.
At first her shrewishness sends all suitors running away, including Petruchio, whom she dismisses because she believes she is too good for him.
To prove this point, Bailey returns to her incisive use of definitions by reminding us that shrewishness was, in this period, a non-gendered form of class conflict: a shrew was a social outcast or newcomer of either gender, and, more importantly for Bailey, someone who challenged authority (76).
Ultimately, Katherine's arc was not one of shrewishness to tameness, but of awkwardness to confidence, and that made this production a wish-fulfillment narrative that was not only smart and engaging, but particularly appropriate to a university setting.
In contrast to Kate's being forced to perform a gender role stipulated by social hierarchy and turning away from her inborn shrewishness, we are made to believe that Kat always only performs the shrew against her natural tendencies, such as rebelling against the expectations of femininity that have been placed upon her.