shrewishness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n shrewishness a nature given to nagging or scolding
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shrewishness The character of being shrewish; the conduct of a shrew.
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Usage

In literature:

She knew Mrs. Peter Blewett only by sight as a small, shrewish-faced woman without an ounce of superfluous flesh on her bones.
"Anne Of Green Gables" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
As Ben Westerveld had prospered, his shrewish wife had reaped her benefits.
"One Basket" by Edna Ferber
And is she shrewish or pleasant?
"The Black Arrow a Tale of Two Roses" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The weather had broken, and the sharp wind was almost autumnal in its shrewishness.
"The Mysterious Affair at Styles" by Agatha Christie
For God's sake drop this shrewishness!
"The Wheels of Chance" by H. G. Wells
She ruled them all with her temper and her shrewish will.
"A Lady of Quality" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A temper naturally shrewish was soured till she grew positively terrible.
"Cousin Pons" by Honore de Balzac
Birotteau found this shrewish trader among sacks of filberts, nuts, and chestnuts.
"Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau" by Honore de Balzac
Mary Stuart had her chance, and missed it; perhaps, after all, her shrewish female gaoler made the passionless life impossible.
"Angling Sketches" by Andrew Lang
It had also to be borne in mind that he had a shrewish wife, and that her whole family had come to live with him.
"Novel Notes" by Jerome K. Jerome
No; the ballet-girl is real enough and handsome enough, too, for those who like shrewish beauty.
"The Gadfly" by E. L. Voynich
Show her the curse of a shrewish temper, and the blessing of cheerfulness.
"Thelma" by Marie Corelli
Vain to be shrewish with the world!
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
For this he cared not one whit; nay, it increased his pleasure in making much of her and trying to spoil her shrewish foe's sport.
"Margery [Gred], Complete A Tale Of Old Nuremberg" by Georg Ebers
There was no more shrewishness left in the little woman to meet this chastisement.
"You Never Know Your Luck, Complete Being The Story Of A Matrimonial Deserter" by Gilbert Parker
Barbara, the wife, was an industrious but shrewish woman.
"Filipino Popular Tales" by Dean S. Fansler
He accused her in return of a shrewish temper.
"The Sick-a-Bed Lady" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
The baronet was a pale-faced, hunchback, lame creature, with a shrewish expression and a pair of brilliant grey eyes.
"The Pagan's Cup" by Fergus Hume
Perhaps a little shrewish; a little like, not a mild exhorting elder sister, but an irritated aunt.
"Fräulein Schmidt and Mr. Anstruther" by Elizabeth von Arnim
We have taken a great step upwards into a shrewish region.
"A Month in Yorkshire" by Walter White
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In poetry:

Oh, woe for him who finds on earth
No spot so dreary as the hearth
Where sits the partner of his life,
A shrewish, wasteful, worthless wife!
"Woman" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Julie Anchor portrays the "shrewish" Kate and Allen Pontes is Petruchio in Main Street Theatre Works' Jersey-style production of "The Taming of the Shrew ".
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