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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shrew mean? 

SHREW (noun)
  The noun SHREW has 2 senses:

1. a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman
2. small mouselike mammal with a long snout; related to moles

  Familiarity information: SHREW used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SHREW (noun)

Sense 1shrew [BACK TO TOP]


A scolding nagging bad-tempered woman

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


shrew; termagant

Hypernyms ("shrew" is a kind of...):

disagreeable woman; unpleasant woman (a woman who is an unpleasant person)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shrew"):

virago (a noisy or scolding or domineering woman)

yenta ((Yiddish) a vulgar shrew; a shallow coarse termagant)

Sense 2shrew [BACK TO TOP]


Small mouselike mammal with a long snout; related to moles

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals


shrewmouse; shrew

Hypernyms ("shrew" is a kind of...):

insectivore (small insect-eating mainly nocturnal terrestrial or fossorial mammals)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shrew"):

common shrew; Sorex araneus (common American shrew)

masked shrew; Sorex cinereus (commonest shrew of moist habitats in North America)

Blarina brevicauda; short-tailed shrew (North American shrew with tail less than half its body length)

water shrew (any of several small semiaquatic shrews usually living near swift-flowing streams)

Cryptotis parva; least shrew (small brown shrew of grassy regions of eastern United States)

Holonyms ("shrew" is a member of...):

family Soricidae; Soricidae (shrews)

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