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shrew

noun [C] uk   /ʃruː/ us  

shrew noun [C] (ANIMAL)

an animal like a small mouse but with a longer pointed nose and small eyes

shrew noun [C] (WOMAN)

old-fashioned disapproving an unpleasant woman who is easily annoyed and who argues a lot
shrewish
adjective uk   /ˈʃruː.ɪʃ/ disapproving us  
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