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Definition of shrewd:

  1. Able or clever in practical affairs; sharp in business; astute; sharp- witted; sagacious; keen; as, a shrewd observer; a shrewd design; a shrewd reply.
  2. Artful; wily; cunning; arch.
  3. Inclining to shrew; disposing to curse or scold; hence, vicious; malicious; evil; wicked; mischievous; vexatious; rough; unfair; shrewish.
  4. Of or pertaining to mathematical calculations; performing or able to perform mathematical calculations.

Synonyms:

penetrating, sharp-worded, precipitous, perceptive, knifelike, crisp, subtile, discriminating, discerning, calculative, penetrative, needlelike, clear-sighted, ability, conniving, hard, perspicacious, tart, abrupt, piercing, acuate, careful, cagey, savvy, astute, sagacious, calculating, incisive, sharp, scheming, collusive, keen, shrill, smart, acute.

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