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shrewd (adj.)

c. 1300, "wicked, evil," from shrewe "wicked man" (see shrew). Compare crabbed from crab (n.), dogged from dog (n.), wicked from witch (n.). The sense of "cunning" is first recorded 1510s. Related: Shrewdly; shrewdness. Strutt's "Sports and Pastimes of the People of England" (1801) has a shrewdness of apes for a company or group of them. Shrewdie "cunning person" is from 1916.

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Definitions of shrewd from WordNet

shrewd (adj.)
marked by practical hardheaded intelligence;
he was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow
Synonyms: astute / sharp
shrewd (adj.)
acting with a specific goal;
Synonyms: calculating / calculative / conniving / scheming
From wordnet.princeton.edu