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Synonyms for shrewd
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. astute, sharp, shrewd(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    abrupt, shrill, astute, sharp, incisive, conniving, knifelike, crisp, keen, calculating, scheming, needlelike, precipitous, discriminating, tart, sharp-worded, acute, calculative, acuate, penetrating, piercing, penetrative

    Antonyms:
    stupid, soft

  2. calculating, calculative, conniving, scheming, shrewd(adj)

    used of persons

    "the most calculating and selfish men in the community"

    Synonyms:
    scheming, calculative, designing, calculating, conniving, sharp, astute, collusive

    Antonyms:
    stupid, soft

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shrewd

    Acute, from the Latin, suggests the sharpness of the needle's point; keen, from the Saxon, the sharpness of the cutting edge. Astute, from the Latin, with the original sense of cunning has come to have a meaning that combines the sense of acute or keen with that of sagacious. The astute mind adds to acuteness and keenness an element of cunning or finesse. The astute debater leads his opponents into a snare by getting them to make admissions, or urge arguments, of which he sees a result that they do not perceive. The acute, keen intellect may take no special advantage of these qualities; the astute mind has always a point to make for itself, and seldom fails to make it. A knowing look, air, etc., in general indicates practical knowledge with a touch of shrewdness, and perhaps of cunning; in regard to some special matter, it indicates the possession of reserved knowledge which the person could impart if he chose. Knowing has often a slightly invidious sense. We speak of a knowing rascal, meaning cunning or shrewd within a narrow range, but of a knowing horse or dog, in the sense of sagacious, implying that he knows more than could be expected of such an animal. A knowing child has more knowledge than would be looked for at his years, perhaps more than is quite desirable, while to speak of a child as intelligent is altogether complimentary.

    Synonyms:
    acute, astute, clear-sighted, crafty, cunning, discerning, discriminating, keen, knowing, penetrating, penetrative, perspicacious, sagacious, sharp, subtile, subtle

    Antonyms:
    blind, dull, idiotic, imbecile, shallow, short-sighted, stolid, stupid, undiscerning, unintelligent

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shrewd

    Synonyms:
    sagacious, penetrating, astute, discriminating, intelligent, discerning, acute

    Antonyms:
    stolid, undiscerning, unsagacious, stupid, dull

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. shrewd(a.)

    Synonyms:
    artful, cunning, sly, wily, subtle, crafty, arch, astute, machiavelian

  2. shrewd(a.)

    Synonyms:
    sagacious, acute, sharp, quick, keen, ingenious, discerning, intelligent, deep, profound

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. shrewd(a)

    Synonyms:
    astute, sharp, cunning, crafty, wily, artful, long-headed

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    astute, cunning, clever, perceptive, insightful, smart

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How to use shrewd in a sentence?

  1. Phillip Carter:

    There's a limit to what even a shrewd negotiator or professional like Lisa can do, some of these things will have to be resolved by the president and members of Congress directly.

  2. Michael Spicer:

    Cyril was a force to be reckoned with, he had a shrewd understanding of men and power and knew how to get what he wanted from a situation.

  3. John Kenneth Galbraith:

    When people put their ballots in the boxes, they are, by that act, inoculated against the feeling that the government is not theirs. They then accept, in some measure, that its errors are their errors, its aberrations their aberrations, that any revolt will be against them. It's a remarkably shrewd and rather conservative arrangement when one thinks of it.

  4. Michael Spicer:

    He had a shrewd understanding of men and power and knew how to get what he wanted from a situation.

  5. John Brown:

    Be mild with the mild, shrewd with the crafty, confiding to the honest, rough to the ruffian, and a thunderbolt to the liar. But in all this, never be unmindful of your own dignity.


Translations for shrewd

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  • ناصح, نبيه, حاذق, داهيةArabic
  • snu, listig, fiffig, klogDanish
  • gerissen, schlau, gewieft, klug, listig, pfiffig, clever, raffiniert, gewitztGerman
  • πανούργοςGreek
  • perspicazSpanish
  • näpparä, kätevä, nokkelaFinnish
  • perspicace, malin, futé, sagace, habile, avisé, roublard, astucieuxFrench
  • glicIrish
  • seòlta, glicScottish Gaelic
  • lihaiIndonesian
  • perspicace, scaltro, sveglioItalian
  • מְמוּלָחHebrew
  • 賢明, 賢い, 抜け目, 狡猾Japanese
  • schranderDutch
  • sagaz, perspicazPortuguese
  • знать, хитрый, расчётливый, умелый, проницательный, практичный, находчивыйRussian
  • fiffig, listig, slug, klok, finurligSwedish

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