Adjective "Shrimp" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A small free-swimming crustacean with an elongated body, typically marine and frequently of commercial importance as food.
  1. 'The seadragon's diet consists of mysid shrimp and other small crustaceans.'
  2. 'It appears that the shrimps use their own bodies to ‘farm’ the bacteria.'
  3. 'The shallow swamps provide an ideal habitat for juvenile shrimps, crustaceans, molluscs and fish, as well as breeding grounds for endangered species of marine turtles and horseshoe crabs.'
  4. 'Eumalacostraca is the group that contains most of the animals the general public recognize as crustaceans, such as shrimp, crabs, lobsters.'
  5. 'Chef Walter then produced a Lasagnette of eggplant with lobster, shrimps and mussels on a delicate saffron sauce to go with this wine.'
  6. 'Apart from 10-million baht damage to farm property, he said he had lost 2,000 spawning females capable of producing 200 million baby shrimps a month.'
  7. 'To fuel all this physical activity we enjoyed lots of good food; I particularly liked the red snapper fish, and the biggest shrimps I have ever seen, which I encountered at Charlie's Bar in St Nicholas.'
  8. 'The trip north is slow for the cow-calf pair because of stops for nursing and the occasional meal of mysid shrimp or other food encountered.'
  9. 'They were fed a diet of commercial shrimp pellets every third day.'
  10. 'There are a fair number of nudibranchs and flatworms, all brightly coloured and sometimes difficult to distinguish, featherstars, shrimps, spiny lobsters and other hole-dwelling critters.'
  11. 'Are you sure you want to hang out with that shrimp?'


Fish for shrimps.
  1. 'at Trebetherick you paddle on Daymer Bay or shrimp off Gully'
  2. 'Last year, 35 trawlers shrimped off Crescent City, but this year the number has increased to 60 boats.'
  3. 'We're going to go shrimping tonight.'
  4. 'Down on the river there are public fishing piers that you can shrimp from.'
  5. 'It was late afternoon and most of the boats that fished and shrimped off shore were coming in for the night.'
  6. 'A lot of people have gone shrimping.'

More definitions

noun, plural shrimps (especially collectively) shrimp for


1. any of several small, long-tailed, chiefly marine crustaceans of the decapod suborder Natania, certain species of which are used as food.

2. Informal. a diminutive or insignificant person.

verb (used without object)

3. to catch or try to catch shrimps.


4. (of food) made with or containing shrimp: shrimp salad.

5. of or relating to shrimp or their catching, processing, and marketing: a shrimp boat.


(shrimp)Middle English: probably related to Middle Low German schrempen ‘to wrinkle’, Middle High German schrimpfen ‘to contract’, also to scrimp.