1. Any of various small, chiefly insectivorous mammals of the family Soricidae, resembling a mouse but having a long pointed snout and small eyes and ears. Also called shrewmouse.
2. A woman regarded as an ill-tempered scold or nag.
[Middle English shrewe, rascal, devil, evil creature, overbearing woman, from Old English scrēawa, shrewmouse.]
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