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Definition of "shrew" [shrew]

  • Any of various small, chiefly insectivorous mammals of the family Soricidae, resembling a mouse but having a long pointed snout and small eyes and ears. Also called shrewmouse. (noun)
  • A woman with a violent, scolding, or nagging temperament; a scold. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shrew" in a sentence
  • "Our forefathers provided themselves with what they called a shrew-ash, in order to meet the case."
  • "The role of domestic shrew is played, to some extent, by Summerset."
  • "The new shrew is presently only known from mid montane and lowland rainforests of Sinharaja."