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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: shrew in the old meaning 'very bad man'

shrewd

adjective
     
shrewd
1 good at judging what people or situations are really like:
Malcolm is a shrewd businessman.
She was shrewd enough to guess who was responsible.
Capra looked at her with shrewd eyes.
2 well judged and likely to be right:
a shrewd decision
Bridget has a shrewd idea of what will sell.
shrewdly adverb:
'Something tells me you've already decided,' he said shrewdly.
shrewdness noun [uncountable]

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