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English definition of “shrew”


noun [C] (WOMAN)    /ʃruː/ old-fashioned disapproving
an unpleasant woman who is easily annoyed and who argues a lotUnpleasant women shrewish     /ˈʃruː.ɪʃ/ adjective disapproving
(Definition of shrew noun (WOMAN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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