Reverse Dictionary: SHR – SHZ


SHRED – NOUNS
– a shred, a fragment • TWITTER 1715 chiefly Eng. dial., obs.
– a shred, a fragment, a crumb; a long thin strip of material, paper, land, etc. • SCREED 1777 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– a shred, a rag, a tatter; a piece or fragment of something • LEPP 1908 Sc.
– a shred, a ravelling • FASEL 1440 obs.
– a shred, a scrap • SCRINCHET Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– a shred, a scrap, a broken or torn piece • MAMMOCK a1529 arch. or Eng. dial.
– a shred, a scrap; a small fragment • MIDGAN 1846 Eng. dial.
– a shred, a scrap, the slightest bit • AGLET 1533 obs.
– a shred, a slice, a strip, a bit; a piece cut off, a cutting • CULPON c1400 obs.
– a shred, a tatter • TARGAT  • TARGET 1773 Sc.
– a shred of cloth; also, a scrap, a fragment • JAG 1555 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– a shred or piece, as of skin or cloth torn away and hanging loose • LAB 1808 Sc.
– shreds, minute pieces, fragments • FRITTERS 1755
– shreds, rags of any material; cotton wool, lint • CADDIS 1708 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– shreds, rags, tatters • JAMRAGS  • JIM-RAGS Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– shreds, scraps, rags, small pieces • DEWGS 1693 Sc. obs.
– shreds, tatters, rags • LIBBERTICKS 1930 Sc.
– torn shreds • TEAR-TATHERS B1900 Sc. 
 
SHRED – VERBS
– to go to shreds, to disintegrate • FALL AWAY 1930 Amer. dial.
– to shred; to break, tear, or cut into fragments • MAMMOCK 1520 Eng. dial.


SHREW (animal) – NOUNS
– a shrew • MUSET 1601 obs. rare
– a shrew; a ferret • MYGALE a1382 obs.


SHREW, SHREWISH – ADJECTIVES
– shrewish; irritable; ill-natured, bad-tempered, testy; sarcastic • NAGGY 1825 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– shrewish, tormenting • BAMFERING Bk1898 Eng. dial.
 
SHREW etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a shrew • YIP 1921 Sc.
– a shrew, a crosspatch, an ill-tempered person • BALSCAT Bk1880 Eng. dial.
– a shrew, a hag, a witch, an old woman • CARLEY 1721 Ireland
– a shrew, a hag, a witch, an old woman • CARLIN(G) 1721 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– a shrew, a scold, an ill-tempered woman or wife • XANTHIPPE  • XANTIPPE  • ZANTIPPE  • ZENTIPPE 1596
– a shrew, a scolding woman; a nagging, whining person, usually female • YENTA 1923 US
– a shrew, a scolding woman; a noisy, vulgar person; a nagging woman • YENTCH 1923 US
– a shrew, a scolding woman; a noisy, vulgar person; a nagging woman • YENTE 1923 US
– a shrew; a sharp-tongued person • SALTER 1871 Sc.
– a shrew, a termagant; a gossipy or mean old woman • BAT 1886
– a shrew, a termagant; an objectionable woman • JEZEBEL 1553 colloq.
– a shrew, a termagant, a scold • RANTIPOLE a1700 obs.
– a shrew, a termagant; a scold • TAIRGER 1822 Sc.
– a shrew, a termagant; a scold; a quarrelsome woman • TARGER 1822 Sc.
– a shrew, a termagant; a scolding woman • TADGER 1888 Sc. 
– a shrew; a venomous, malignant person • ATTERLING c1430 obs. rare
– a shrew, a virago, a passionate, irascible person • TEARER 1850 Sc. 
– a shrew, a virago, a violent, scolding woman • TARGE 1862 Sc. 
– a shrew; a vixenish old woman • CAT-A-MOUNTAIN 1835 Eng. dial. sl.
– a shrewish, abusive, loud woman • TANTARIA 1996 W. Indies sl.
– a shrewish and rude woman; a bitchy woman • LADY-DOG M19 euphemism
– a shrewish, bad-tempered, or offensive woman • FAGGOT 1591
– a shrewish, ill-natured woman; a scolding, railing woman • SKELLAT 1810 Sc.
– a shrewish, ill-natured woman; a termagant • TARTAR 1663
– a shrewish man • CAT 1915 Amer. dial.
– a shrewish man • OLD CAT 1915 Amer. dial.
– a shrewish old woman • TERRAPIN 1897 Amer. dial.
– a shrewish or dirty woman • QUEAN  • QUEEN  • WEAN 1740 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– a shrewish, sharp, grasping woman • TWINK 1887 Eng. dial.
– a shrewish virago • HARPIE M20 US sl.
– a shrewish woman • BUTTOCK AND TONGUE L17 sl.
– a shrewish woman • SKIMMINGTON 1609 obs.
– a shrewish woman; an ill-natured, petulant, malignant, captious person • EDDERCAP 1892 Eng. dial.
– a shrew, male or female • REGULAR TARTAR Bk1903 sl.
– a spiteful shrew; one who finds fault with everything; one who constantly complains • BITCH QUEEN Bk1972 homosexual sl. 


SHREWD, SHREWDLY, SHREWDNESS – ADJECTIVES
– possessing a shrewd and sound judgement • ECKLE-FECKLE 19C Sc.
– shrewd • AIMY Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– shrewd, alert, intelligent; self-confident, arrogant • UPHEADED 1826 Amer. dial.
– shrewd, artful, knowing • FLY c1810 sl.
– shrewd, astute, subtle, crafty, cunning • ASTUCIOUS 1823
– shrewd, bold, rash • RAMGUMPTIOUS B1900 sl.
– shrewd, brisk, lively; sharp-witted, penetrating • YARK 1777 Eng. dial.
– shrewd, brisk, sharp • QUEEDY  • QUIDDY Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– shrewd, canny, well advised; discreet, prudent • ADVISEE a1400 obs.
– shrewd, clever, cunning; astute; nimble, active • YAP  • YAUP  a1300 chiefly Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– shrewd, clever in looking after one’s own interests • ABLE 1931 Sc.
– shrewd, clever, intelligent • NAWPY Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– shrewd, clever, sharp, keen • CUTE 1731 sl., now chiefly US, often derogatory
– shrewd, crafty • SLIPPERY AS A SNAKE Bk1995 US sl.
– shrewd, cunning, crafty, cautious, wary • CAGEY 1920s
– shrewd, cunning, perspicacious • FOXY 1528
– shrewd; cunning; scheming • CRAFTY-HEADED 1589 obs.
– shrewd, deceptive, elusive • SLEEK AS AN EEL 1952 Amer. dial.
– shrewd, deceptive, elusive • SLICK AS AN EEL 1906 Amer. dial.
– shrewd, discerning, foresighted • LONG-HEADED 1806 Amer. dial.
– shrewd, knowing • VARMENT  • VARMINT 1829
– shrewd, knowing, artful • DOWNY 1803 sl. rare
– shrewd, knowing, artful • DOWNY AS A HAMMER 1821 Amer. sl.
– shrewd, knowing, artful, cunning, sly; insinuating • PAUKY  • PAWKY 1726 Sc. & Eng. dial.  
– shrewd, knowing, wise, sagacious, judicious; prudent; wary, cautious • CANNY 1637 Sc.
– shrewd; knowledgeable; alert • UP TO THE DODGE 1846 US sl.
– shrewd, lively, quick-witted • WACKENISH 1890 Eng. dial.
– shrewd, lively, quick-witted • WACKENSOME Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– shrewd or sharp of speech • CLIP-WIT 1896 Sc.
– shrewd, prudent, sagacious; said of a person • POLITIC a1439
– shrewd, prudent, wise, sagacious, astute • YEPE c1000 obs.
– shrewd, sagacious • AULD-HEADIT  • OLD-HEADED  Bk1898 Sc.
– shrewd, scheming • FAR-CASTING c1400 obs.
– shrewd, sharp, clever, precocious; generally applied to children and animals • FALSE 1866 Eng. dial.
– shrewd, sharp, distinguished by acumen • ACUMINOUS 1618
– shrewd, sharp, quick to suspect or take note; suspicious • SMOKY 1688 obs.
– shrewd, sharp, witty • RUMGUMPTIOUS 1892 Eng. dial.
– shrewd, sly, artful, very cunning • CRAZY LIKE A FOX 1908 sl., orig. US
– shrewd; wary • WIDE 20C Brit. sl.
– shrewd, wily, crafty; sarcastically clever • SANSHACH 1808 Sc.
– shrewd, wise, sagacious; witty, sharp • GASH 1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– very shrewd and sharp; intellectually alert, quick-witted • SMART AS A STEEL-TRAP 1821 Amer. dial.
 
SHREWD etc. – ADVERBS
– shrewdly • SHROWARDLY 1689 nonce word
– shrewdly, cunningly; craftily; in a devious, or wily • CRAFTLY c1225 obs.
– shrewdly, cunningly, craftily; sagaciously • YEPLY a900 obs.
– shrewdly, slyly, craftily, cleverly • PAWKILY 1725 Sc.  
– shrewdly, smartly, wittily • GASHLY 1773 Sc.
 
SHREWD etc. – NOUNS
– a shrewd turn • SCITTURN Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– shrewdness and practical good sense • HORSE SENSE 1832 sl., orig. US
– shrewdness, cleverness; good sense; judgement; knowledge; cunning • COCUM  • COKUM  • KOCUM  • KOKUM 1848 sl. rare
– shrewdness, common sense, mother wit • GUMP 1920
– shrewdness, cunning, forethought; act of casting one’s thoughts to a distance • FAR-CAST c1400 obs.
– shrewdness, practical good sense or initiative • GUMPTION 1719 colloq., orig. Sc.
– shrewdness, sharpness, keenness • ACRITY 1619 obs. rare
– shrewdness, sharpness or keenness of thought, understanding, or feeling; perceptiveness • ACUITY 1549
– shrewdness, slyness, cunning • PAWKINESS 1839 Sc.  
– shrewdness, wisdom • FELLNESS a1382 obs.
 
SHREWD etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a notably shrewd individual • PARLOUS L17 sl. 
– a shrewd and knowing person • WISE HOMBRE 1896 sl.
– a shrewd and knowing person; a person who is ‘wised up • WISE GUY 1896 US sl.
– a shrewd, clever fellow • HARD-NAP Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– a shrewd, crafty little boy • CAWDEY 1924 Ireland
– a shrewd, cunning person or animal; a difficult person to  deal with • TICKLER 1887 Sc.
– a shrewd, elusive, sly, or deceptive person • EEL 1933 Amer. dial.,  usually derogatory
– a shrewd, elusive, sly, or deceptive person • SLIPPERY EEL 1966 Amer. dial., usually derogatory
– a shrewd, greedy, miserly, stingy, dishonest, or untrustworthy Jew; hence, any person thought to have such characteristics • KIKE 1904 Amer. dial., derogatory
– a shrewd, imposing criminal; a person of an over-reaching, imposing disposition • NAILING RASCAL E19 sl.
– a shrewd, imposing criminal; a person of an over-reaching, imposing disposition • NAILS E19 sl. 
– a shrewd individual • OLD COON M19 US sl.
– a shrewd, level-headed person, one not too scrupulous in his methods, and who adds cunningness to his cleverness • MONKEY CATCHER Bk1892 W. Indian sl.
– a shrewd, likable, forward, or lively young woman • CLIP 1901 Amer. dial.
– a shrewd, likable, forward, or lively young woman • CLIPPER 1836 Amer. dial.
– a shrewd or cunning person • SHREWDIE  • SHREWDY 1935 NZ sl.
– a shrewd or intelligent person; a smart cookie • SMART APPLE 1946 US colloq.
– a shrewd or sharp young man • FLY BOY 1888 US sl.
– a shrewd or sharp young man • FLY GUY 1906 US sl.
– a shrewd or smart person • JOE DARTER 1908 Amer. dial.
– a shrewd or very alert fellow • DOWNY ONE 1823 sl.
– a shrewd person of unpretentious appearance • SINGED CAT 1836 Amer. dial.
– a shrewd, sagacious, or crafty person; one whose behaviour is likened to that of a professional politician • POLITICIAN 1586
– a shrewd, sly or cunning person • SHREWD-HEAD 1916 Aust. & NZ sl.
– a shrewd, unprincipled fellow, especially a politician • SNOLLYGOSTER 1846 US sl.
– a very shrewd, sharp person • FLY MEMBER 1909 sl.
 
SHREWD etc. – PHRASES
– he’s shrewd, quick-witted  • HE DIDN’T COME DOWN IN THE LAST SHOWER 1883 Aust. colloq.
 
SHREWD etc. – VERBS
– to become more shrewd, wise, intelligent, or aware; to wise up • SMART UP 1888 orig. & chiefly US
– to be shrewd and businesslike; to have a practical intelligence • HAVE YOUR HEAD SCREWED (ON RIGHT) 1821 UK sl.
– to be shrewd, capable, or mentally alert • HAVE ALL ONE’S EYETEETH 1713 obs.
– to be shrewd enough to look after oneself; to be common-sensical • HAVE ENOUGH SENSE TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN  • KNOW ENOUGH TO COME IN OUT OF THE RAIN 1848 colloq.
– to deal with a matter shrewdly or diplomatically • POLITIZE 1598 obs. rare
– to take a shrewd person off his guard • CATCH A WEASEL ASLEEP Bk1905 Amer. dial.


SHRIEK, SHRIEKING – ADJECTIVES
– shrieking, screaming, crying or sounding shrilly • SKIRLING 1785
 
SHRIEK etc. – NOUNS
– a loud shrill cry or scream • SCREIGH  • SKREIGH 1549 Sc.
– a shriek, a scream • SCREAK  • SCREEK  • SKREEK  • SKRIEK 1790 Sc. & Eng. & Amer. dial.
– a shriek, a scream • SCREEL  • SKREEL 1894 Eng. dial.
– a shriek, a screech • SHRITCH 1470-85 obs.
– a shriek, a shout; a noise • REEK 1740 Eng. dial.
– a shriek, a shrill cry; a scream • SKELLOCH  • SKELLOCK 1808 Sc.
– a shriek, a squeal; a yell; a high-pitched roar or bellow, especially of a cow • SCOIL  • SKOIL  • SKOYL 1815 Sc. obs.
– a shriek or howl terminating a prolonged and enthusiastic cheer; a finishing touch, a final burst • TIGER 1856 US sl.
– a shriek, shrieking • SHRIGHT 1558 obs.
– a shrill cry, a shriek, a scream; shrill talk • SKIRL 1513 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– a shrill crying, shrieking, screaming • SKIRLING 1820
 
SHRIEK etc. – VERBS
– to shriek • SHRIGHT a1542 obs.
– to shriek, to bawl out • EER 1825 Sc.
– to shriek, to cry, to squeal • SCREEL  • SKREEL 1890 Eng. dial.
– to shriek, to cry, to wail, to scream, to howl • WALLOCH 1808 Sc. 
– to shriek, to scream • SCRIVE Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– to shriek, to scream, esp. used of birds; to neigh; to make a harsh, grating sound • SCREIGH  • SKREIGH 1685 Sc. & N. Ireland
– to shriek, to scream, to cry out shrilly • SKIRL c1400 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– to shriek, to scream; to make a harsh, grating noise • SCRAWK 1880 Eng. dial.
– to shriek, to scream, to yell, to howl, to wail • YARM c1000 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– to shriek, to scream wildly • QUAICH 1866 Sc.
– to shriek, to screech • SHRITCH a1250 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– to shriek, to screech, to scream • SCREAK  • SCREEK  • SKREAK 1826 Sc. & Eng. & Amer. dial.
– to shriek, to screech; to utter a loud shrill cry; to make a screeching noise …1715 Sc.
– to shriek, to shout, to scream • REEK 1856 Eng. dial.
– to shriek, to squeal, to scream; to yell or roar in a high-pitched voice • SCOIL  • SKOIL  • SKOYL 1866 Sc. obs.
– to shriek, to yell; to cry as a wild beast • YAWM 1890 Eng. dial.
– to shriek; to yell; to resound shrilly • SKELLOCH  • SKELLOCK 1808 Sc.
– to utter a shriek • HIT HIGH C 1940 US sl.


SHRILL, SHRILL-VOICED – ADJECTIVES
– shrill • CRIARD 1878
– shrill, screeching • SCREIGH 1869 Sc.
– shrill-sounding • SHIRLING 1592 obs. rare
– shrill-sounding, loud ; having a clear sound • CLARISONOUS 1731 rare
– shrill-sounding, shrieking, screaming • SKIRLING 1785
– so shrill or loud as to hurt the ears • EAR-PIERCING a1616
– so shrill or loud as to hurt the ears • EAR-SPLITTING 1761
 
SHRILL etc. – NOUNS
– a loud shrill cry or scream • SCREIGH  • SKREIGH 1549 Sc.
– a shrill cry, a shriek, a scream; shrill talk • SKIRL 1513 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– a shrill cry; a scream, a shriek • SKELLOCH  • SKELLOCK 1808 Sc.
– a shrill cry; a yell; a noise, a tumult; a noisy fuss • SCROINOCH 1790 Sc.
– a shrill crying, shrieking, screaming • SKIRLING 1820
– a shrill, loud, or discordant sound • SCREED 1789 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– a shrill noise; the cry of a young bird; chatter • CHELP 1859 Eng. dial.
 
SHRILL etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a shrill-voiced, lean person, generally of short stature • SCREIGH Bk1904 Sc.
– a shrill-voiced old woman • RIBIBE c1386 obs., contemptuous usage
– a shrill-voiced, talkative person • SCREECH-OWL 1896 Ireland
 
SHRILL etc. – VERBS
– to call out shrilly and loudly; to whine • YALP-YALP 1903 Sc.
– to cry out shrilly, to scream, to shriek • SKIRL c1400 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– to make a shrill sound; to screech, to scream • SCREET 1892 Eng. dial.
– to utter a loud shrill cry; to screech or shriek • SKREIGH 1715 Sc.
– to utter a shrill or harsh sound; to chatter, to jar • JARGLE 1549 obs.


SHRIMP – NOUNS
– a shrimp • ARNIT • ARNOT 1853 Sc.
– a shrimp • BEARD 1611 obs. rare
– a shrimp • COLONEL BLIMP 1992 UK rhyming sl.
– a shrimp, a prawn, esp. one sold or served in its shell • CREVETTE 1878
– shrimp • BUGS 1966 Amer. dial.
– the shrimp • PANDLE 1786 Eng. dial.


SHRINE – NOUNS
– a shrine • SANCTORIUM 1816 rare
– a shrine, a small temple • FANACLE 1594 obs. rare
– a shrine or box containing relics • SANCTUARY c1386 obs.


SHRINK, SHRINKAGE – NOUNS
– shrinkage, a diminution • INDRINK 1842 Sc.
 
SHRINK etc. – VERBS
– to shrink • FALL 1599 obs.
– to shrink • FALL OUT OF FLESH 1530 obs.
– to shrink in person • FALL IN 1854 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to shrink, to become less, to diminish • WELK 1390 obs.
– to shrink, to cringe; to avoid being observed; to sneak, to creep about privily • CRIMBLE a1825 Eng. dial.
– to shrink, to dwindle, to shrivel up • DWINGLE 19C Eng. dial.
– to shrink, to grow small or weak; to decline, decay, fail, or faint • FADE 1388 obs.
– to shrink, to lose flesh or substance • FALL AWAY 1530 obs.
– to shrink, to shrivel • SCADDERIZE 1825 Sc.
– to shrink, to shrivel, esp. with age • CRINGLE 1823 chiefly Sc.
– to shrink, to shrivel, esp. with age or heat • CRINE 1553 chiefly Sc. 
– to shrink, to shrivel, not to thrive • ORP 1820 Sc.
– to shrink, to shrivel; said of a person • WEASLE 1856 Amer. dial.
– to shrink, to shrivel, to contract, to stunt in growth, to pinch with cold • NIRL  • NURL 1813 Sc. 
– to shrink; to wither; to diminish in quantity • MILL IN Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to shrink up, to collapse, to contract • FALL TOGETHER 1654 obs.


SHRIVEL, SHRIVELLED – ADJECTIVES
– shrivelled, dwarfish, stunted; said of animals or plants • NIRLIE 1825 Sc. 
– shrivelled, puny • SINGED-LIKE 1808 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– shrivelled, shrunk • SCRIMMIT 1867 Eng. dial.
– shrivelled, shrunk; withered; wrinkled, puckered • SHROCKLED 1790 Eng. dial.
– shrivelled, small • SCRIGGLY Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– shrivelled, stunted; contemptibly small or worthless • WEEZLEDY 1943 Amer. dial.
– shrivelled, stunted, gnarled • SCRABBIE Bk1904 Sc.
– shrivelled, stunted in growth, shrunken • NIRLED 1825 Sc. 
– shrivelled, stunted in growth, shrunken • NURRILLED 1825 Sc. 
– shrivelled, stunted; sickly-looking • WEASLY 1856 Amer. dial.
– shrivelled up • QUODDLED 1777 Eng. dial.
– shrivelled (up) • SWIVELLED (UP) 1898 Amer. dial.
– shrivelled up, withered • REESTED 1820 Sc.
– shrivelled up, withered; shrunk up • SHRIVELDY 1840
– shrivelled, wizened; said of persons • SCADDERIZED 1825 Sc.
– shrivelled, wrinkled; marked with creases, wrinkles, or corrugations • WRIZZLED 1590 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– shrivelled; thin, lean, lank, emaciated; having little flesh • MACILENT 1535 rare

SHRIVEL etc. – NOUNS
– anything shrivelled and thin • SCRAE  • SCRAY  • SKRAE 1802 Sc.
– anything shrivelled, stunted, or gnarled, as an animal, a limb, a tree or shrub • SCRAB 1768 Sc. 
 
SHRIVEL etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a little shrivelled or dried-up person • PEE-WEEZY 1952 Amer. dial.
– a man of shrivelled and shrunken form • ELF-SKIN 1596 obs., contemptuous usage
– a shrivelled, dwarfish person • BLASTIE Bk1911 Sc., contemptuous usage
– a shrivelled, lean person • SCRATCHIN Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– a shrivelled, puny person • SCRABBLE Bk1904 Sc.
– a shrivelled, stunted, or gnarled person • SCRAB 1768 Sc. 
– a shrivelled, thin person • SCRAE  • SCRAY  • SKRAE 1802 Sc.
– a shrivelled, wrinkled, or gnarled person • RUNKLE 1934 Sc.
 
SHRIVEL etc. – VERBS
– to cause to shrivel, warp, twist, or blister, esp. with heat • SKELLER 1691 N. Eng. dial.
– to shrivel • SWIVEL 1898 Amer. dial.
– to shrivel, as with sharp cold or dry heat • SCRINGE 1790 Sc. & Eng. & Amer. dial.
– to shrivel or dry up, to become wrinkled; to pucker • WIZZLE 1834 Amer. dial.
– to shrivel or shrink • CRINE  a1513 chiefly Sc.
– to shrivel or shrink, esp. with age • CRINGLE 1823 chiefly Sc.
– to shrivel or shrink, esp. with age or heat; to dry up • CRINE 1553 chiefly Sc. 
– to shrivel, to crumple • SCRINKLE Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– to shrivel, to shrink • SCADDERIZE 1825 Sc.
– to shrivel, to shrink, to complain from ill health, to be constantly ailing and sickly • ORP 1820 Sc.
– to shrivel, to shrink, to contract, to stunt in growth, to pinch with cold • NIRL  • NURL 1813 Sc. 
– to shrivel, to shrink; said of a person • WEASLE 1856 Amer. dial.
– to shrivel up, caused by frost or cold • SCORCH 1806 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– to shrivel up, to dry • QUADDLE  • QUODDLE 1777 Eng. dial.
– to shrivel up, to dwindle, shrink • DWINGLE 19C Eng. dial.
– to shrivel up; to draw into wrinkles • REEVE 1821 Eng. dial.
– to shrivel, warp, twist, or blister, as with heat • SKELLOW 1888 Eng. dial.
– to shrivel with fierce heat, to scorch • SCRIMPLE a1572 obs. rare
– to shrivel with heat • BASK Bk1898 Eng. dial.


SHROUD – NOUNS
– a shroud • COOL CRAPE L18 sl.


SHRUB, SHRUBBY – ADJECTIVES
– shrubby, bushy • FRUTICEOUS a1682 obs.
– shrubby, having the nature of a shrub • FRUTICAL 1597 obs.

SHRUB, etc.  – NOUNS
– an ill-thriven shrub or tree • BASTARD Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– a small shrub or bush • BUSKET 1579 obs. rare
– a small shrub or bush; a small thicket • BUSHET 1573 obs.
– a stunted or crooked shrub, tree, or branch; a stump of a tree-trunk • SCROG 1677 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– a stunted or shrivelled shrub or tree • SCRAB 1790 Sc.
– a stunted shrub or tree; thorns and briers • SCRABBLE Bk1904 Sc. & Eng. dial.

SHRUB, etc.  – VERBS
– to prune or trim a tree or shrub PRIME 1565 rare


SHRUG – VERBS
– to shrug the shoulders • CAST a1225 obs.
– to shrug the shoulders; to make any quick movement of the body • YAUNCE Bk1905 Eng. dial.


SHRUNK, SHRUNKEN – ADJECTIVES
– shrunken, diminutive • SCRANKIT 1854 Eng. dial.
– shrunken, stunted in growth, shrivelled • NIRLED 1825 Sc. 
– shrunken, stunted in growth, shrivelled • NURRILLED 1825 Sc. 
– shrunk, shrivelled • SCRIMMIT 1867 Eng. dial.
– shrunk; shrivelled, withered; wrinkled, puckered • SHROCKLED 1790 Eng. dial.
– shrunk up, withered; shrivelled up • SHRIVELDY 1840
– shrunk, wrinkled • SHRINKLED Bk1942 Amer. sl.

SHRUNK, SHRUNKEN – ADVERBS
– shrunken, withered; said of a limb • A-SCRAM 1888 Eng. dial.

SHRUNK, SHRUNKEN – NOUNS
– a shrunken or dwindled object • DWINDLE 1847-78 rare

SHRUNK, SHRUNKEN – NOUNS, PERSON
– a shrunken, puny person • SCART 1874 Sc.


SHUDDER, SHUDDERING – ADJECTIVES
– shuddering with fear; expressing or showing horror • HORRESCENT 1865 rare

SHUDDER etc. – ADVERBS
– shuddering; of a state in which one shivers with cold or shudders with fear or repulsion • AGRUE 1856 Sc.

SHUDDER etc. – NOUNS
– a shudder, shake, tremble, quiver • QUITHER 1899 Eng. dial.

SHUDDER etc. – VERBS
– to shudder or quiver for fear • OGGLE c1450 obs. rare
– to shudder, to shiver• DUDDER c1640
– to shudder; to tingle • THIRL 1691 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to shudder with fear, to quake, to be afraid • STARKLE 1527 obs.


SHUFFLE – NOUNS
– a shuffle • JANK 1705 Sc.
– a shuffle; quibbling, trifling • BAFFLE 1783 obs.
– a shuffling gait • SCLAFFER 1915 Sc.
 
SHUFFLE – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who shuffles or prevaricates; a dishonest person; a crook • TWISTER 1834 sl.
– a shuffling, awkward walker • YACHLIN Bk1905 Sc.
 
SHUFFLE – VERBS
– to go about in a shuffling way • PALLY 1881 Eng. dial.
– to shuffle • MIFFLE ABOUT Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to shuffle • SCRAFFLE Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– to shuffle about, as in thin, worn shoes • SCLAFFERT Bk1904 Sc.
– to shuffle in walking, as if in consequence of wearing too wide shoes • JAMFLE  • JAMPHLE Bk1902 Sc.
– to shuffle or potter about • FEEZE ABOUT 1794 Sc.
– to shuffle; to back out of fulfilling a promise, etc. • ARSE Bk1898 Sc.
– to shuffle, to equivocate, to prevaricate in statement or dealing • PALTER 1601
– to shuffle, to fidget; to be restless • JIFFLE 1674 obs. exc. Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to shuffle; to flick through a book, etc. • WAFFLE  • WUFFLE 1887 Sc.
– to shuffle, to hesitate • HACKER Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to shuffle; to hobble about with difficulty, as one ill or infirm • SCROFFLE Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– to shuffle, to juggle, to quibble • BAFFLE 1656 obs.
– to shuffle, to make false pretenses; to act the part of a male jilt • JAMPH Bk1902 Sc.
– to shuffle, to move by inching or shuffling along while in a sitting position • BUM-SHUFFLE 1986 colloq.
– to shuffle, to sit unquietly, to fidget • ARSLE Bk1898 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– to shuffle; to slink along in walking • SHUCKLE Bk1888 Eng. dial.
– to shuffle, to trail the feet on the ground • SKLUFF 1911 Amer. dial.
– to shuffle, to trifle • JANK 1697 Sc.
– to shuffle; to trim • GO BETWIXT THE OAK AND THE RIND Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– to shuffle, to walk in a lazy, slouching, aimless manner • OFFLE Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to shuffle, to walk or move about in an ungainly, slovenly way • SCLATCH 1866 Sc.
– to sidle or shuffle sideways like a crab • CRAB-SIDLE 1803
– to walk in a shuffling, awkward manner with the toes turned outwards, either from deformity or affectation • SCASH 1866 Sc.
– to walk in a shuffling, awkward manner, like a person with loose joints • YACHLE Bk1905 Sc.
– to walk in a shuffling, flat-footed manner • SCLAP 1969 Sc.
– to walk in a shuffling or flat-footed way; to plant the feet with a slapping motion or sound on the ground in walking • SCLAFF  • SKLAFF 1825 Sc.
– to walk in a shuffling or flat-footed way; to plant the feet with a slapping motion or sound on the ground in walking • SCLAFFER  • SKLAFFER 1866 Sc.
– to walk in a shuffling, waddling manner • SCASHLE Bk1904 Sc.
– to walk with a shuffle; to drag the feet in walking • SHOOL 1950 Amer. dial.


SHUFFLEBOARD – NOUNS
– in shuffleboard: a shot that passes through without hitting a target disc • TOURIST DISC 1967 US sl.
– in shuffleboard: the scoreboard • SILENT CAPTAIN 1967 US sl.


SHUFFLED – ADJECTIVES
– shuffled, mixed • SHUCKED TOGETHER 1959 Amer. dial.


SHUFFLER – NOUNS, PERSON
– a shuffler, an equivocator  TOM DOUBLE 1705
– a shuffler, an equivocator; one who plays fast and loose; one who acts evasively  PALTERER  • PALTRER 1589
– a shuffler, an excuse maker  CAFFLER 1892 Eng. dial.
– a shuffler, a waverer  WABBLER Bk1904 sl.


SHUFFLING – ADJECTIVES
– shuffling • SKLAFFY c1850 Sc.
– shuffling, evasive, seeking to evade • EVASORIOUS 1687 obs. rare
– shuffling, full of excuses • ATWIXT AND ATWEEN Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– shuffling, shackling • HILDING B1900 Eng. dial.
 
SHUFFLING – ADVERBS
– in a shuffling, waddling manner • SCASH 1866 Sc.
– in a shuffling, waddling manner • SCASHLE Bk1904 Sc.
– with a shuffling, trailing motion • SCLIFF  • SKLIFF  1873 Sc.
– with a shuffling, trailing motion • SCLIFF-SCLAFF 1873 Sc.
 
SHUFFLING – NOUNS
– a shuffling, equivocation, playing fast and loose; trifling with serious matters • PALTERING 1600
– a shuffling, evading • ARSING Bk1898 Sc.
– a shuffling movement; a fidget • JIFFLE B1900 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– a shuffling, waddling gait; a scuffling with the feet • SCASH 1866 Sc.
 
SHUFFLING – NOUNS, PERSON
– a shuffling, awkward walker • YACHLIN Bk1905 Sc. 
– a shuffling, ungainly walker; a heavy, flat-footed person • SCLATCH 1969 Sc.


SHUN, SHUNNED, SHUNNING – ADJECTIVES
– easy to be shunned, avoided, or escaped • DEVITABLE 1727 obs.
 
SHUN etc. – NOUNS
– a shunning, avoiding • BEFLYING 1340 obs.
 
SHUN etc. – VERBS
– to shun • MITE 1940 Amer. dial.
– to shun someone • SKULL 2003 Jamaican sl.
– to shun, to avoid • DEVITE 1549 obs. rare
– to shun, to avoid • SHURN a1300-1400 obs. rare exc. Amer. dial.
– to shun, to avoid • UMBECHEW  • UMBESCHEW 1456 Sc. obs.
– to shun; to avoid in passing • BALK  • BAULK 1484 obs.
– to shun, to avoid; to elude, to escape, to dodge a blow • WAIVE 1303 obs.
– to shun, to avoid, to escape • EVITATE 1588 obs. rare
– to shun, to avoid, to eschew • SCREED 1851 Eng. dial.
– to shun, to avoid, to flee from • BEFLEE c1000 obs.
– to shun, to avoid, to fly from • BEFLY c1175 obs.
– to shun, to avoid; to keep clear of • WARE a900 arch.
– to shun, to avoid, to turn aside from to get or keep out of the way of • DECLINE a1400-50 obs.


SHUT – ADJECTIVES
– shut up, closed • YDYT 1303 obs.
 
SHUT – NOUNS
– an abnormal desire to shut all windows and doors, to be closed in • CLAUSTROPHILIA Bk1991
 
SHUT – VERBS
– to shut • MAKE HOME Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to shut • TAKE TO 1901 Sc.
– to shut a door, etc., to close • BELOUKE 971 obs.
– to shut, burst, etc., with a loud noise • GO BANG 20C
– to shut or close or shut, as a door, gate, window, house, one’s mouth, eyes, etc. • TINE a900 obs.
– to shut the door • PUT THE BIT OF WOOD IN THE HOLE Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– to shut the door • PUT THE WOOD IN THE HOLE B1900 Eng. dial.
– to shut, to close • BAB 1806 Sc.
– to shut, to close • TEEN 1874 Eng. dial.
– to shut, to close a door, clasp knife, the eyes, the fist, etc. • FAULD 1776 Sc.
– to shut, to put to • BEDO c1000 obs.
– to shut up, to close • OPPRESS 1583 obs.
– to shut up; to stop, to close • BUNG 1589
– to shut with a bang, to slam • JAM Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– to shut with bolt and key, to lock up, to bolt • OBSERATE 1623 obs. rare
– to shut with force, to slam • YARK  • YERK 1781 Sc. & Eng. dial.


SHUTTER – NOUNS
– a window shutter • SAFE-BROD 1729 Sc. obs.
– Venetian shutters • JILL-MILL Bk1892 Anglo-Indian sl.


SHUT IN – VERBS
– to shut in; to enclose, to imprison • BECLOSE c1000 obs.
– to shut in, to enclose, to surround; to shut up, to confine, to imprison • BESHUT a1300 obs.
– to shut in; to lock up • BESPAR a1100 obs.


SHUT OUT – VERBS
– to shut out • AGAIN-LOUK a1400 obs.
– to shut out, to exclude • BESHUT c1330 obs.


SHUT UP (confine) – VERBS
– to shut up, to confine, to imprison • BESHUT a1300 obs.
– to shut up, to confine, to restrain • HAIN 1636 obs. rare
– to shut up; to enclose, to imprison • BECLOSE c1000 obs.


SHUT UP (be quiet) – see QUIET


SHY, SHYLY, SHYNESS – ADJECTIVES
– affectedly shy or modest; prudish; primly silent or reticent • MIM 1641 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– shy • HANGBACK 1987 Amer. dial.
– shy, affectedly modest • SCARE 1781 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– shy and reserved • MOUSY Bk1995 US sl.
– shy, ashamed, embarrassed • SHAME 1883 Amer. dial., chiefly African-American
– shy at speaking out; soft-spoken • MIM-MOUTHED 1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– shy at speaking out; soft-spoken • MIM-SPOKEN 1896 Sc.
– shy, bashful • BASH Bk1898 Eng. dial..
– shy, bashful • FASH Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– shy, bashful • LEFTY 1925 Sc.
– shy, bashful • MEEVERLY  • MEVERLY  1819 Eng. dial.
– shy, bashful • PEAKY Bk1903 Eng. dial.  
– shy, bashful, diffident; slow • BACKWARD 1889 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– shy, bashful, genially self-deprecating • AW-SHUCKS 1932 colloq.
– shy, bashful, modest, shame-faced • SMOOTY-FACED B1900 Eng. dial.
– shy, bashful, timid • BULL-SHY 1937 Amer. dial.
– shy, coy, disdainful, proud • SKEIGH c1560 Sc.
– shy, coy, modest, bashful • VERECUND c1550
– shy, coy, modest, bashful • VERECUNDIOUS a1639 obs.
– shy, distrustful, leery • LARY 1906 Amer. dial.
– shy, fond of retirement • ANERLY  • YANNERLY  1876 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– shy, frightened, wild • SCARTLY Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– shy, modest, bashful • SHAMEFACED 1555
– shy, modest, bashful • SHAMEFAST c897 arch.
– shy of expressing an opinion, unwilling to speak out • BIRD-MOUTHED 1776 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– shy, reluctant • BACKWARD IN COMING FORWARD  • BACKWARD IN GOING FORWARD 1899 Amer. colloq.
– shy, reserved; cold, frigid in manner, forbidding • THIEVELESS 1787 Sc.
– shy, reserved, unsocial • OFFISH 1825
– shy, retiring • BACKERLY 1896 Eng. dial.
– shy, retiring; modest • BACKGROUND 1896 colloq.
– shy, scared, timid; wild; sour-looking • SCAR 1700 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– shy, sheepish, bashful, timid • BLAIT  • BLATE Bk1911 Sc.
– shy, sheepish, modest • DAFFISH 1804 Eng. dial.
– shy, sick; ‘seedy’ • CAPEOVI Bk1891 costers’ usage
– shy, skittish • BOGLESOME Bk1911 Sc.
– shy; slow; forbidding, cold, unsociable • THARF 1882 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– shy, sullen, unsociable; distant in manner • FAROUCHE 1765
– shy, sullen, unsociable; distant in manner • FAROUCHIE 1765 Sc.
– shy, timid • BLEAT Bk1911 Sc.
– shy, timid • MILK-FACED 1815
– shy, timid; creeping like a mouse so as to escape notice • CREEP-MOUSE 1766
– shy, timid; distant in manner, reserved, sullen • YONDERLY 1828 Eng. dial.
– shy, timid, fearful, quaking • PAVID 1656 rare
– shy, timid, suspicious • SCAR c1670 sl.
– shy, timorous; forbidding • THARFISH Bk1905 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– shy, uncouth, awkward, ill-behaved • ONKED  • UNKED  • UNKID 1783 Eng. dial.
– very shy or timid • CAN’T SAY BOO TO A GOOSE 1639
 
SHY etc. – ADVERBS
– at a shy distance, aloof • ABEIGH c1707 Sc.
– shyly, bashfully • BLAITLY 1825 Sc.
– shyly; with reserve; charily • DANGEROUSLY a1577 obs.
 
SHY etc. – NOUNS
– shyness • BLATENESS Bk1911 Sc.
 
SHY etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– an extremely shy or introverted person; a weakling; a coward • MOUSE 1839
– an extremely shy person, too nervous to speak out • MOO-MOO 1996 W. Indies sl.
– a shy, bashful child • CIMARRON 1892 Amer. dial.
– a shy male; a male wallflower • WALNUT Bk1970 US students’ sl.
– a shy person • BLATE 1850 Sc.
– a shy person • CANCELLED STAMP 1920s US sl.
– a shy person • SHRINKING VIOLET 1915 colloq.
– a shy person; a timid suitor • WILLYART 1824 Sc.
– a shy, retiring person • SCODGE 1910 Sc.
– a shy, retiring person • WALLFLOWER 1819 colloq.
– a shy, unassertive, timid person • BIRDMOUTH Bk1997 Ulster sl. 
 
SHY etc. – VERBS
– to act in a shy manner; to sulk • DO A BROWN ACT 1980s NZ sl.
– to cause to shy away; to frighten; to spook • BOOGER 1931 Amer. dial.
– to shy, to take fright • BOGGLE Bk1911 Sc.



Updated: October 1, 2022