Shrewd- Word of the day
having or showing sharp powers of judgement; astute.
Middle English (in the sense ‘evil in nature or character’): from shrew in the sense ‘evil person or thing’, or as the past participle of obsolete shrew ‘to curse’. The word developed the sense ‘cunning’, and gradually gained a favourable connotation during the 17th century.
- She is a shrewd teacher who wants to avoid offending the Principal unnecessarily.
- It was a shrewd move to buy an apartment just before property prices started to rise.
- He was shrewd enough not to take the job when there was the possibility of getting a better one a few months later.