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Meaning of SHREW

Pronunciation:  shroo

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  small mouselike mammal with a long snout; related to moles
  2. [n]  a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman

SHREW is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: shrewmouse, termagant
 See Also: Blarina brevicauda, common shrew, Cryptotis parva, disagreeable woman, family Soricidae, insectivore, least shrew, masked shrew, short-tailed shrew, Sorex araneus, Sorex cinereus, Soricidae, unpleasant woman, virago, water shrew



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Shrew\, a. [OE. shrewe, schrewe. Cf. {Shrewd}.]
    Wicked; malicious. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  2. \Shrew\, n. [See {Shrew}, a.]
    1. Originally, a brawling, turbulent, vexatious person of
       either sex, but now restricted in use to females; a
       brawler; a scold.
             A man . . . grudgeth that shrews [i. e., bad men]
             have prosperity, or else that good men have
             adversity.                            --Chaucer.
             A man had got a shrew to his wife, and there could
             be no quiet in the house for her.     --L'Estrange.
    2. [AS. scre['a]wa; -- so called because supposed to be
       venomous. ] (Zo["o]l.) Any small insectivore of the genus
       {Sorex} and several allied genera of the family
       {Sorecid[ae]}. In form and color they resemble mice, but
       they have a longer and more pointed nose. Some of them are
       the smallest of all mammals.
    Note: The common European species are the house shrew
          ({Crocidura araneus}), and the erd shrew ({Sorex
          vulgaris}) (see under {Erd}.). In the United States
          several species of {Sorex} and {Blarina} are common, as
          the broadnosed shrew ({S. platyrhinus}), Cooper's shrew
          ({S. Cooperi}), and the short-tailed, or mole, shrew
          ({Blarina brevicauda}). Th American water, or marsh,
          shrew ({Neosorex palustris}), with fringed feet, is
          less common. The common European water shrews are
          {Crossopus fodiens}, and the oared shrew (see under
    {Earth shrew}, any shrewlike burrowing animal of the family
       {Centetid[ae]}, as the tendrac.
    {Elephant shrew}, {Jumping shrew}, {Mole shrew}. See under
       {Elephant}, {Jumping}, etc.
    {Musk shrew}. See {Desman}.
    {River shrew}, an aquatic West African insectivore
       ({Potamogale velox}) resembling a weasel in form and size,
       but having a large flattened and crested tail adapted for
       rapid swimming. It feeds on fishes.
    {Shrew mole}, a common large North American mole ({Scalops
       aquaticus}). Its fine, soft fur is gray with iridescent
       purple tints.
  3. \Shrew\, v. t. [See {Shrew}, a., and cf. {Beshrew}.]
    To beshrew; to curse. [Obs.] ``I shrew myself.'' --Chaucer.