Shrewd vs Cleaver - What's the difference?
As an adjective shrewd
is showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters.
As a noun cleaver is
showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters
artful, tricky or cunning
, date=November 10
, author=Jeremy Wilson
, title=tEngland Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report
, passage=The most persistent tormentor was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored a hat-trick in last month’s corresponding fixture in Iceland. His ability to run at defences is instantly striking, but it is his clever use of possession that has persuaded some shrewd
judges that he is an even better prospect than Theo Walcott. }}
(archaic) Scolding, satirical, sharp.
* 1599 ,
- LEONATO. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee a husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue.
A squarish, heavy knife used by butchers for hacking through bones etc
* 1883 , (Howard Pyle), (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)
- When he came to Nottingham, he entered that part of the market where butchers stood, and took up his inn in the best place he could find. Next, he opened his stall and spread his meat upon the bench, then, taking his cleaver and steel and clattering them together, he trolled aloud in merry tones:...