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(of a woman) bad-tempered or aggressively assertive.‘his shrewish wife’
bad-tempered, quarrelsome, nasty, mean, spiteful, sharp-tongued, scolding, nagging, peevish, catty, snappy, vindictive, aggressivevenomous, rancorous, bitchy, snide, backbiting, petulant, vixenish, cattishcomplaining, grumbling, fault-finding, carping, cavilling, criticizing, captiousView synonyms
- ‘He intends to woo her perfectly, by telling her how lovely she is, when she looks shrewish, how beautifully she plays, when she makes horrid noises, and more.’
- ‘He is married to a shrewish wife who spends her days in curlers and her nights prostrate in their trashy trailer home.’
- ‘Being nasty, rude, shrewish and creepy was very fun to do - I simply pretended to be in a bad mood each time the camera rolled.’
- ‘Paul was more than a little depressed with his shrewish wife Zilla, who constantly badgered him, embarrassed him in public, and treated him like a little boy.’
- ‘The shrewish Katharina gives her final speech of submission out of real love for Petruchio, apparently because she realizes he's as mixed up as she is.’
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