Advertisement - Continue reading below

Definition of "shrimp" []

  • Any of various small, chiefly marine decapod crustaceans of the suborder Natantia, many species of which are edible, having a compressed or elongated body with a well-developed abdomen, long legs and antennae, and a long spinelike projection of the carapace. (noun)
  • Any of various similar crustaceans, such as certain isopods and amphipods. (noun)
  • Slang A person regarded as unimportant. (noun)
  • Slang A person who is small in stature. (noun)
  • To fish for shrimp. (verb-intransitive)

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 "shrimp" in a sentence
  • "Anyway, like I was sayin ', shrimp is the fruit of the sea."
  • "Another local favorite is Early Girl Eatery, where you can indulge in shrimp and grits, or a vegan tofu scramble (8 Wall St.; 828-259-9292; earlygirleatery. com)."
  • "Cook about 5 more minutes until the shrimp is fully cooked, fold in half and place on a plate."