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Meaning & Definition of Shrewd in English

English

Shrewd

/ʃrud/

adjective

1. Marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

  • "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"
    synonym:
  • astute
  • ,
  • sharp
  • ,
  • shrewd

2. Used of persons

  • "The most calculating and selfish men in the community"
    synonym:
  • calculating
  • ,
  • calculative
  • ,
  • conniving
  • ,
  • scheming
  • ,
  • shrewd