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shrimp (n.)

early 14c., "slender, edible marine crustacean," probably from Old Norse skreppa "thin person," from Proto-Germanic *skrimp- (see scrimp). Related to Old English scrimman "to shrink;" the connecting notion is probably "thinness" (compare Danish dialectal skrimpe "thin cattle"). The meaning "puny person" in English is attested from late 14c.; an especially puny one might be a shrimplet (1680s).

shrimp (v.)

"fish for shrimp," 1801 (implied in shrimping ), from shrimp (n.). Related: Shrimper (1808).

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Definitions of shrimp
1
shrimp (n.)
disparaging terms for small people;
Synonyms: runt / peewee / half-pint
shrimp (n.)
any of various edible decapod crustaceans;
Synonyms: prawn
shrimp (n.)
small slender-bodied chiefly marine decapod crustaceans with a long tail and single pair of pincers; many species are edible;
2
shrimp (v.)
fish for shrimp;
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