Definition of shrewd adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʃruːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃruːd//
    (shrewder, shrewdest) Clever, Job skills and personal qualities
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  1. 1clever at understanding and making judgements about a situation synonym astute a shrewd businessman She is a shrewd judge of character. See related entries: Clever, Job skills and personal qualities
  2. 2showing good judgement and likely to be right a shrewd move I have a shrewd idea who the mystery caller was.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘evil in nature or character’): from shrew in the sense ‘evil person or thing’, or as the past participle of obsolete shrew ‘to curse’. The word developed the sense ‘cunning’, and gradually gained a favourable connotation during the 17th cent.Extra examples I could take a pretty shrewd guess at who had sent the letter. My mother was a shrewd judge of character. Paul was too shrewd to be taken in by this argument. She had a shrewd idea of what their motives were.
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