shrewish

  • 1 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] …

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

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

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

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

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

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 7 shrewish — adjective old use a shrewish woman is one who always argues and disagrees with people …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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

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

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

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  • 11 shrewish — adjective Of or pertaining to a shrew, a nagging, ill tempered woman …

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  • 12 shrewish — Synonyms and related words: aggressive, bellicose, belligerent, beyond control, bickering, breachy, catty, combative, contumacious, defiant, disputatious, divisive, eristic, factional, factious, fractious, fretful, incorrigible, indocile,… …

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  • 13 shrewish — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. evil tempered, petulant, peevish; see irritable , quarrelsome 2 …

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  • 14 shrewish — shrew|ish [ ʃruıʃ ] adjective OLD FASHIONED unpleasant and always arguing, complaining, or NAGGING …

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  • 15 shrewish — shrew·ish || ʃruːɪʃ adj. evil tempered, quarrelsome, nagging …

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  • 16 shrewish — a. Froward, peevish, petulant, scolding, brawling, clamorous, vixenish …

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  • 17 shrewish — adj ill humored, cranky, grumbling, petulant, peevish, whining, grouchy; continually complaining, full of complaints, nitpicking; castigating, vituperating, rebuking, nagging, scolding, chiding, fault finding; quarrelsome, contentious, vixenish;… …

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  • 18 shrewish — shrew·ish …

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  • 19 shrewish — UK [ˈʃruːɪʃ] / US [ˈʃruɪʃ] adjective old fashioned unpleasant and always arguing, complaining, or nagging …

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  • 20 shrewish — shrew•ish [[t]ˈʃru ɪʃ[/t]] adj. having the disposition of a shrew; nagging • Etymology: 1325–75 shrew′ish•ly, adv. shrew′ish•ness, n …

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