1. any of a number of small, slender, mouselike insectivore mammals (esp. family Soricidae) with soft fur and a long, pointed snout
2. a scolding, evil-tempered woman
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Word origin of 'shrew'
, a malicious person < OE screawa
, shrewmouse, akin to OHG scrawaz
, dwarf, goblin, MHG schröuwel
, devil < IE *(s)ker-
: see shred