Shrewd

Shrewd

(?), a. [Compar. Shrewder (?); superl. Shrewdest.] [Originally the p. p. of shrew, v.t.] 1. Inclining to shrew; disposing to curse or scold; hence, vicious; malicious; evil; wicked; mischievous; vexatious; rough; unfair; shrewish. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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[Egypt] hath many shrewd havens, because of the great rocks that ben strong and dangerous to pass by.
Sir J. Mandeville.
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Every of this happy number
That have endured shrewd days and nights with us.
Shak.
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2. Artful; wily; cunning; arch.
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These women are shrewd tempters with their tongues.
Shak.
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3. Able or clever in practical affairs; sharp in business; astute; sharp-witted; sagacious; keen; as, a shrewd observer; a shrewd design; a shrewd reply.
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Professing to despise the ill opinion of mankind creates a shrewd suspicion that we have deserved it.
Secker.
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Syn. -- Keen; critical; subtle; artful; astute; sagacious; discerning; acute; penetrating. -- Shrewd, Sagacious. One who is shrewd is keen to detect errors, to penetrate disguises, to foresee and guard against the selfishness of others. Shrewd is a word of less dignity than sagacious, which implies a comprehensive as well as penetrating mind, whereas shrewd does not.
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-- Shrewd"ly, adv. -- Shrewd"ness, n.
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