Of or pertaining to a shrew, a nagging, ill-tempered woman.

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  • Shrewish — Shrew ish, a. having the qualities of a shrew; having a scolding disposition; froward; peevish. [1913 Webster] My wife is shrewish when I keep not hours. Shak. [1913 Webster] {Shrew ish*ly}, adv. {Shrew ish*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shrewish — index fractious, petulant, querulous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • shrewish — late 14c., “wicked, malignant,” from SHREW (Cf. shrew) + ISH (Cf. ish). Of women, from 1560s. Related: Shrewishly; shrewishness …   Etymology dictionary

  • shrewish — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a woman) bad tempered or nagging. DERIVATIVES shrewishly adverb shrewishness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • shrewish — [shro͞o′ish] adj. like a shrew in disposition; evil tempered shrewishly adv. shrewishness n …   English World dictionary

  • shrewish — shrew|ish [ˈʃru:ıʃ] adj old use a shrewish woman is one who always argues and disagrees with people …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shrewish — adjective old use a shrewish woman is one who always argues and disagrees with people …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • shrewish — adjective continually complaining or faultfinding (Freq. 1) a shrewish wife nagging parents • Syn: ↑nagging • Similar to: ↑ill natured • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • shrewish — adjective Date: 1565 ill natured, intractable • shrewishly adverb • shrewishness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • shrewish — shrewishly, adv. shrewishness, n. /shrooh ish/, adj. having the disposition of a shrew. [1325 75; ME; see SHREW1, ISH1] * * * …   Universalium

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