Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “shrewd”

See all translations

shrewd

adjective uk   /ʃruːd/ approving us  
C2 having or based on a clear understanding and good judgment of a situation, resulting in an advantage: [+ to infinitive] He was shrewd enough not to take the job when there was the possibility of getting a better one a few months later. She is a shrewd politician who wants to avoid offending the electorate unnecessarily. It was a shrewd move to buy your house just before property prices started to rise.
shrewdly
adverb uk   /ˈʃruːd.li/ us  
She shrewdly predicted the stock market crash.
shrewdness
noun [U] uk   /ˈʃruːd.nəs/ us  
Translations of “shrewd”
in Korean 약삭빠른, 영리한…
in Arabic ثاقِب الرَّأي…
in French astucieux…
in Turkish kurnaz, zeki, açıkgöz…
in Italian accorto, astuto, scaltro…
in Chinese (Traditional) 明智的, 精明的…
in Russian проницательный, практичный…
in Polish błyskotliwy, sprytny…
in Spanish perspicaz, astuto…
in Portuguese sagaz, astuto…
in German schlau…
in Catalan sagaç, astut…
in Japanese やり手の, 利口な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 明智的, 精明的…
(Definition of shrewd from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of shrewd?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “shrewd” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

illusion

an idea or belief that is not true

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More