What does the word shrewish mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Shrewishness.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Shrewishly.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Like a shrew; ill tempered.

Usage examples for shrewish

  1. But this instrument of self- protection- which may be called the power of the scold, or the shrewish sanction- has the fatal defect, that it avails most against the least tyrannical superiors, and in favour of the least deserving dependents. – The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill
  2. Indeed, the connection of the two serious plots in the first part is a rare example of dexterous and happy simplicity in composition: the comic underplot of the patient man and shrewish wife is more loosely attached by a slighter thread of relation to these two main stories, but is so amusing in its light and facile play of inventive merriment and harmless mischief as to need no further excuse. – The Age of Shakespeare by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  3. To this second inn Wogan drove, and was welcomed by a shrewish woman whose sour face was warmed for once in a way into something like enthusiasm. – Clementina by A.E.W. Mason
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