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synonyms for shrewish

  • ill-tempered
  • irritable
  • nagging
  • peevish
  • petulant
  • quarrelsome
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How to use shrewish in a sentence

I could have borne a shrewish tongue better, possibly because I could have answered it better.
RHODA FLEMING, COMPLETEGEORGE MEREDITH
The door opens and his landlady—a shrewish, sharp faced woman of 40—appears.
A PARODY OUTLINE OF HISTORYDONALD OGDEN STEWART
The baronet was a pale-faced, hunchback, lame creature, with a shrewish expression and a pair of brilliant grey eyes.
THE PAGAN'S CUPFERGUS HUME
She paused to take breath, and to look with shrewish triumph at the girl who leaned against the wall.
AUDREYMARY JOHNSTON
Yet with all this energy she is not shrewish, but a calm, grave woman, in much request in sick rooms or wherever there is trouble.
GEORGE ELIOTMATHILDE BLIND
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 GABLESLUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY
The shrewish frau had things largely her own way, was able to read a lecture like the wrath of God.
BLOOD AND IRONJOHN HUBERT GREUSEL
One morning a man, whose life was embittered by a froward, shrewish wife, left his house to seek the advice of Solomon.
FLOWERS FROM A PERSIAN GARDEN AND OTHER PAPERSW. A. CLOUSTON
His wife, a shrewish little woman with a snappy manner, bridled up indignantly.
JOHN MARSH'S MILLIONSCHARLES KLEIN
It was the first quarrel they ever had, and a shrewish look came to Jennys face, her pallor gave way to an angry flush.
THE MERRY-GO-ROUNDW. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
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WORDS RELATED TO SHREWISH

  • choleric
  • cranky
  • cross
  • excitable
  • fiery
  • hot-tempered
  • impatient
  • impulsive
  • inflammable
  • irascible
  • irritable
  • passionate
  • peppery
  • petulant
  • quarrelsome
  • ratty
  • sensitive
  • short-tempered
  • shrewish
  • splenetic
  • temperamental
  • testy
  • waspish
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.