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Having the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; sagacious:
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  1. Having the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; sagacious:
  2. Having or showing good judgment; sagacious; prudent
  3. (Slang) Annoyingly self-assured, knowing, conceited, etc.
Having or showing a clever or shrewd mind; cunning; crafty; wily
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  1. Having or showing a clever or shrewd mind; cunning; crafty; wily
  2. Having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns.
Very serious; critical; crucial
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  1. Very serious; critical; crucial
  2. Extremely sharp or severe; intense:
  3. Narrowly pointed; sharp:
Fierce or impetuous; violent:
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  1. Fierce or impetuous; violent:
  2. Abrupt or acute:
  3. Quick, acute, or penetrating in perception or intellect
Sharp and quick in seeing, hearing, thinking, etc.; acute
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  1. Sharp and quick in seeing, hearing, thinking, etc.; acute
  2. Strongly felt or perceived; intense; strong
  3. Having a sharp edge or point; that can cut well
Moving or functioning rapidly and energetically; speedy:
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  1. Moving or functioning rapidly and energetically; speedy:
  2. Done or occurring immediately:
  3. Perceiving or responding with speed and sensitivity; keen:
Having the ability to perceive; keen in discernment.
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  1. Having the ability to perceive; keen in discernment.
  2. Able to perceive quickly and easily; having keen insight or intuition; penetrating
  3. Having or showing keenness of perception, insight, understanding, or intuition
(Scot.) Careful in action; gentle; easy; quiet
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  1. (Scot.) Careful in action; gentle; easy; quiet
  2. (Northumbrian) Very or much.
  3. Knowing, shrewd, astute.
Suggestive of secret or private knowledge:
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  1. Suggestive of secret or private knowledge:
  2. Implying shrewd understanding or possession of secret or inside information
  3. Shrewd or showing clever awareness.
(Obs.) Having a keen sense of smell
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  1. (Obs.) Having a keen sense of smell
  2. Having or showing keen perception or discernment and sound judgment, foresight, etc.
Having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted.
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  1. Having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted.
  2. (Archaic) Having keen vision
  3. Having keen judgment or understanding; acutely perceptive
Marked by or exhibiting originality or inventiveness:
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  1. Marked by or exhibiting originality or inventiveness:
  2. (Obs.) Having genius; having great mental ability
  3. Made or done in a clever or original way
Capable of performing calculations:
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  1. Capable of performing calculations:
  2. (Especially of a person) Which serves one's own interests in an unemotional, analytical manner.
  3. Shrewd; crafty:
  1. Possessing dexterity; skilled; skillful.
  2. Relating to, or characterized by, craft or skill; dexterous.
  3. Skillful at deceiving others; characterized by craft; cunning; wily.
Sly; tricky; cunning
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  1. Sly; tricky; cunning
  2. Careful not to get caught or fooled
  3. Uncommunicative; unwilling or hesitant to give information.
Having or showing a clever or shrewd mind; cunning; crafty; wily
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  1. Having or showing a clever or shrewd mind; cunning; crafty; wily
  2. Having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns.
Sly; tricky; cunning
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  1. Sly; tricky; cunning
  2. Uncommunicative; unwilling or hesitant to give information.
  3. Careful not to get caught or fooled
(Brit., Dial.) Good; nice; fine
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  1. (Brit., Dial.) Good; nice; fine
  2. (Northumbrian) Very or much.
  3. Knowing, shrewd, astute.
Suggestive of secret or private knowledge:
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  1. Suggestive of secret or private knowledge:
  2. Implying shrewd understanding or possession of secret or inside information
  3. Shrewd or showing clever awareness.
Having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted.
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  1. Having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted.
  2. (Archaic) Having keen vision
  3. Having keen judgment or understanding; acutely perceptive
Accomplished; adept; clever; ingenious
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  1. Accomplished; adept; clever; ingenious
  2. (Slang) Excellent; wonderful.
  3. (Informal) Having or showing skill in composition or technique but little depth or literary significance
Impertinent; insolent:
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  1. Impertinent; insolent:
  2. Capable of making adjustments that resemble those resulting from human decisions, chiefly by means of electronic sensors and computer technology:
  3. Amusingly clever; witty:
(Informal) Shrewd or discerning
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  1. (Informal) Shrewd or discerning
  2. Knowledgeable or proficient. Often used in combination:
  3. Well informed and perceptive; shrewd:

Synonym Study

  • Astute implies shrewdness combined with sagacity and sometimes connotes, in addition, artfulness or cunning an astute politician See also syn. study at clever.
  • Perspicacious suggests the penetrating mental vision or discernment that enables one clearly to see and understand what is obscure, hidden, etc. a perspicacious judge of character
  • Sagacious implies keen discernment and farsighted judgment a sagacious counselor
  • Shrewd implies keenness of mind, sharp insight, and a cleverness in practical matters a shrewd comment, businessman, etc.
Find another word for shrewd. In this page you can discover 28 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for shrewd, like: wise, astute, acute, sharp, keen, quick, perceptive, canny, knowing, sagacious and perspicacious.