shrewd «shrood», adjective.
1. having a sharp mind; showing a keen wit; clever: »

a shrewd argument.


He is a shrewd businessman. He was too shrewd to go along with them upon a road which could lead only to their overthrow (James Froude).

2. a) effective; sharp; hard: »

a shrewd thrust, a shrewd blow.

b) Archaic. keen; piercing: »

The night was shrewd and windy (Irving).

3. Archaic or Dialect. malicious; mischievous: »

That shrewd and knavish sprite Call'd Robin Goodfellow (Shakespeare).

4. Obsolete. a) cunning; artful. b) dangerous; injurious: »

That is a shrewd loss (Scott).

c) shrewish: »

Thou wilt never get thee a husband if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue (Shakespeare).

[earlier shrewed malignant, ill-disposed, past participle of shrew, verb, in sense of “to scold, curse”]
shrewd´ly, adverb.
shrewd´ness, noun.
Synonym Study 1 Shrewd, sagacious, astute mean having a sharp or keen mind and good judgment. Shrewd suggests natural cleverness in practical affairs or, sometimes, craftiness: »

She is a shrewd lawyer.

Sagacious implies a wise and far-seeing understanding of practical affairs: »

Lincoln was a sagacious man.

Astute implies shrewdness and sagacity plus the ability of being hard to fool: »

an astute diplomat.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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