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SHREW, n.

1. A peevish, brawling, turbulent, vexatious woman. It appears to have originally been applied to males as well as females; but is now restricted to the latter.

The man had got a shrew for his wife, and there could be no quiet in the house with her. L'Estrange.

2. A shrew-mouse.

SHREW, v.t. To beshrew; to curse. Obs.




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SHREW, n.

1. A peevish, brawling, turbulent, vexatious woman. It appears to have originally been applied to males as well as females; but is now restricted to the latter.

The man had got a shrew for his wife, and there could be no quiet in the house with her. L'Estrange.

2. A shrew-mouse.

SHREW, v.t. To beshrew; to curse. Obs.


SHREW, n. [I know not the original sense of this word. If it signifies a brawler, it may be from D. schreeuwen, to brawl, G. schreien, Dan. skriger. But beshrew, in Chaucer, is interpreted to curse.]

  1. A peevish, brawling, turbulent, vexatious woman. It appears originally to have been applied to males as well as females; but is now restricted to the latter. The man had got a shrew for his wife, and there could be no quiet in the house with her. – L'Estrange.
  2. A shrew-mouse.

SHREW, v.t.

To beshrew; to curse. [Obs.] – Chaucer.


Shrew
  1. Wicked; malicious.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  2. Originally, a brawling, turbulent, vexatious person of either sex, but now restricted in use to females; a brawler; a scold.

    A man . . . grudgeth that shrews [i. e., bad men] have prosperity, or else that good men have adversity. Chaucer.

    A man had got a shrew to his wife, and there could be no quiet in the house for her. L'Estrange.

  3. To beshrew; to curse.

    [Obs.] "I shrew myself." Chaucer.
  4. Any small insectivore of the genus Sorex and several allied genera of the family Sorecidæ. In form and color they resemble mice, but they have a longer and more pointed nose. Some of them are the smallest of all mammals.

    * The common European species are the house shrew (Crocidura araneus), and the erd shrew (Sorex vulgaris) (see under Erd.). In the United States several species of Sorex and Blarina are common, as the broadnosed shrew (S. platyrhinus), Cooper's shrew (S. Cooperi), and the short-tailed, or mole, shrew (Blarina brevicauda). Th American water, or marsh, shrew (Neosorex palustris), with fringed feet, is less common. The common European water shrews are Crossopus fodiens, and the oared shrew (see under Oared).

    Earth shrew, any shrewlike burrowing animal of the family Centetidæ, as the tendrac. -- Elephant shrew, Jumping shrew, Mole shrew. See under Elephant, Jumping, etc. -- Musk shrew. See Desman. -- River shrew, an aquatic West African insectivore (Potamogale velox) resembling a weasel in form and size, but having a large flattened and crested tail adapted for rapid swimming. It feeds on fishes. -- Shrew mole, a common large North American mole (Scalops aquaticus). Its fine, soft fur is gray with iridescent purple tints.

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Shrew

SHREW, noun

1. A peevish, brawling, turbulent, vexatious woman. It appears to have originally been applied to males as well as females; but is now restricted to the latter.

The man had got a shrew for his wife, and there could be no quiet in the house with her. L'Estrange.

2. A shrew-mouse.

SHREW, verb transitive To beshrew; to curse. Obs.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

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