Shrewd vs Astute - What's the difference?

shrewd | astute |

As adjectives the difference between shrewd and astute

is that shrewd is showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters while astute is quickly and critically discerning.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters
  • artful, tricky or cunning
  • streetwise
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  • knowledgeable
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=November 10 , author=Jeremy Wilson , title=tEngland Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report , work=Telegraph citation , page= , 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.

    Derived terms

    * shrewdly * shrewdness




  • quickly and critically discerning
  • shrewd or crafty
  • * 2014 , A teacher, " Choosing a primary school: a teacher's guide for parents", The Guardian , 23 September 2014:
  • The best headteachers are like submarine captains – cool-headed, astute decision-makers – who trust their colleagues and surroundings to indicate where their ship is headed.


    * crafty, shrewd, wily

    Derived terms

    * astutely * astuteness


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