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adjective as in evil-tempered

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As played by Jessalyn Gilsig, Terri is “the shrewish, nagging wife from hell,” as Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune wrote.

I could have borne a shrewish tongue better, possibly because I could have answered it better.

The door opens and his landlady—a shrewish, sharp faced woman of 40—appears.

The baronet was a pale-faced, hunchback, lame creature, with a shrewish expression and a pair of brilliant grey eyes.

She paused to take breath, and to look with shrewish triumph at the girl who leaned against the wall.

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.


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On this page you'll find 7 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to shrewish, such as: ill-tempered, irritable, nagging, peevish, petulant, and quarrelsome.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.