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SHREW, noun

1. A peevish, brawling, turbulent, vexatious woman. It appears to have originally been applied to males as well as females; but is now restricted to the latter.

The man had got a shrew for his wife, and there could be no quiet in the house with her. L'Estrange.

2. A shrew-mouse.

SHREW, verb transitive To beshrew; to curse. Obs.