Shrewd a. [Compar. Shrewder superl. Shrewdest.]
1. Inclining to shrew; disposing to curse or scold; hence, vicious; malicious; evil; wicked; mischievous; vexatious; rough; unfair; shrewish. [Obs.]
[Egypt] hath many shrewd havens, because of the great rocks that ben strong and dangerous to pass by. --Sir J. Mandeville.
Every of this happy number
That have endured shrewd days and nights with us. --Shak.
2. Artful; wily; cunning; arch.
These women are shrewd tempters with their tongues. --Shak.
3. Able or clever in practical affairs; sharp in business; astute; sharp-witted; sagacious; keen; as, a shrewd observer; a shrewd design; a shrewd reply.
Professing to despise the ill opinion of mankind creates a shrewd suspicion that we have deserved it. --Secker.
Syn: -- Keen; critical; subtle; artful; astute; sagacious; discerning; acute; penetrating.
Usage: Shrewd, Sagacious. One who is shrewd is keen to detect errors, to penetrate disguises, to foresee and guard against the selfishness of others. Shrewd is a word of less dignity than sagacious, which implies a comprehensive as well as penetrating mind, whereas shrewd does not.
-- Shrewd*ly, adv. -- Shrewd*ness, n.
n : intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business
dealings) [syn: astuteness, perspicacity, perspicaciousness]