Adjective "Shrewd" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or showing sharp powers of judgement; astute.
  1. 'a shrewd career move'
  2. 'He was a very shrewd, very sharp head of the Securities and Exchange Commission.'
  3. 'Pitt made his way to power more by shrewd political judgement and sheer luck than by public acclaim.'
  4. 'Whether Gandhi made her move out of shrewd calculation or simple magnanimity, it was a political master stroke.'
  5. 'A shrewd businessman, he raised his fees to unprecedented heights - and his envious rivals followed his example.'
  6. 'This acts as another check on presidential power and a shrewd president will realise this.'
  7. 'Slaveowners claimed that their practices, unlike sharp and shrewd Yankee treatment of factory workers, were unprofitable.'
  8. 'General manager Danny Ferry made a shrewd move in signing the 32-year-old power forward.'
  9. 'Aside from sponsoring motor races, Gordon was shrewd enough to recognise the potential of the infant motor industry.'
  10. 'However, he worked hard and his shrewd diplomatic judgement enabled him to help forge an alliance with France in 1717-18.'
  11. 'Shumba was a fast fellow though and with a shrewd, sharp glance at Shanza he sat back for a moment.'
(especially of weather) piercingly cold.
  1. 'a bayonet's shrewd thrust'


1. astute or sharp in practical matters: a shrewd politician.

2. keen; piercing.

3. artful (def 1).

4. Archaic. malicious.

5. Obsolete. bad1 .

6. Obsolete. shrewish.

More examples(as adjective)

"stars can be shrewd to re-invents."

"stars can be shrewd since people."

"people can be shrewd to ventures."

"people can be shrewd to recognises."

"people can be shrewd to capitalises."

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Middle 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 century.