Definition of shrew noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʃruː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃruː//
    Wild mammals
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  1. 1 a small animal like a mouse with a long nose See related entries: Wild mammals
  2. 2(old-fashioned) a bad-tempered unpleasant woman
  3. Word OriginOld English scrēawa, scrǣwa, of Germanic origin; related words in Germanic languages have senses such as ‘dwarf’, ‘devil’, or ‘fox’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shrew

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