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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shrewd mean? 

SHREWD (adjective)
  The adjective SHREWD has 2 senses:

1. marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
2. used of persons

  Familiarity information: SHREWD used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SHREWD (adjective)

Sense 1shrewd [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by practical hardheaded intelligence


astute; shrewd; sharp

Context examples:

a smart businessman / an astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease / he was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow


smart (showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness)

Sense 2shrewd [BACK TO TOP]


Used of persons


calculating; calculative; scheming; conniving; shrewd

Context example:

the most calculating and selfish men in the community


hard (dispassionate)

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