Definition for SHREWD


  1. Having the qualities of a shrew; vexatious; troublesome; mischievous. [Obs.] – Shak.
  2. Sly; cunning; arch; subtil; artful; astute; as, a shrewd man.
  3. Sagacious; of nice discernment; as, a shrewd observer of men.
  4. Proceeding from cunning or sagacity, or containing it; as, a shrewd saying; a shrewd conjecture.
  5. Painful; vexatious; troublesome. Every of this number / That have endur'd shrewd nights and days with us. [Obs.] – Shak. No enemy is so despicable but he may do one a shrewd turn. [Obs.] – L'Estrange.

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