What is the difference between shrink and shrimp?

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As verbs the difference between shrink and shrimp

is that shrink is to cause to become smaller while shrimp is to fish for shrimp or shrimp can be to contract; to shrink.

As nouns the difference between shrink and shrimp

is that shrink is shrinkage; contraction; recoil while shrimp is any of many swimming, often edible crustaceans, with slender legs, long whiskers and long abdomens.




  • To cause to become smaller.
  • The dryer shrank my sweater.
  • To become smaller; to contract.
  • This garment will shrink when wet.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • I have not found that water, by mixture of ashes, will shrink or draw into less room.
  • * Dryden
  • And shrink like parchment in consuming fire.
  • To cower or flinch.
  • Molly shrank away from the blows of the whip.
  • To draw back; to withdraw.
  • * Milton
  • The Libya Hammon shrinks his horn.
  • (figuratively) To withdraw or retire, as from danger.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • What happier natures shrink at with affright, / The hard inhabitant contends is right.
  • * Jowett (Thucyd.)
  • They assisted us against the Thebans when you shrank from the task.


    * (avoid an unwanted task) funk, shirk


    * (to cause to become smaller) expand, grow, enlarge, stretch * (become smaller) expand, grow, enlarge, stretch


    (en noun)
  • shrinkage; contraction; recoil
  • Yet almost wish, with sudden shrink , / That I had less to praise. — Leigh Hunt.
  • (slang, sometimes, pejorative) A psychiatrist or therapist; a head-shrinker.
  • You need to see a shrink .
    My shrink said that he was an enabler, bad for me.
  • * 1994 , (Green Day),
  • I went to a shrink , to analyze my dreams. He said it's lack of sex that's bringing my down.''

    Usage notes

    * The slang sense was originally pejorative, expressing a distrust of practitioners in the field. It is now not as belittling or trivializing.


    * head-shrinker



    (wikipedia shrimp)

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English ).


  • Any of many swimming, often edible crustaceans, chiefly of the infraorder Caridea or the suborder Dendrobranchiata, with slender legs, long whiskers and a long abdomen.
  • * 1851 , "A Lady of Charleston" (Sarah Rutledge), The Carolina Housewife , 2013, unnumbered page,
  • Butter well a deep dish, upon which place a thick layer of pounded biscuit; having picked and boiled your shrimps', put them upon the biscuit; a layer of ' shrimps , with small pieces of butter, a little pepper, mace or nutmeg.
  • * 1998 , Claude E. Boyd, Pond Aquaculture Water Quality Management , page 605,
  • Shrimp' farming is in its infancy in Africa. but Asia has most of the world's ' shrimp farms.
  • * 2011 , Will Holtham, Home Port Cookbook: Beloved Recipes from Martha's Vineyard , page 142,
  • America's favorite seafood, shrimp' has always been a big seller at the Home Port. On any given day, we usually served around 40 to 50 pounds of ' shrimp .
  • * 2004 , Gary C. B. Poore, Shane T. Ahyong, Marine Decapod Crustacea of Southern Australia: A Guide to Identification , page 145,
  • Most shrimps' belong to one of several families of the Infraorder Caridea (Chapter 4). However, coral ' shrimps and Venus shrimps are so different from the rest that a separate infraorder is warranted.
  • (uncountable) The flesh of such crustaceans.
  • (slang) A small, puny or unimportant person.
  • Synonyms


    (en verb)
  • To fish for shrimp .
  • * 1986 , The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America , page 454,
  • Fishing, shrimping and crabbing are permitted on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:.
  • * 1996 , Anthony V. Margavio, Caught in the Net: The Conflict Between Shrimpers and Conservationists , page 24,
  • Although the line is not always sharply drawn, offshore shrimping' and inshore ' shrimping require different strategies.
  • * 2007 , Jerry Wayne Caines, A Caines Family Tradition: A Native Son's Story of Fishing, Hunting and Duck Decoys in the Lowcountry , page 86,
  • There were times we shrimped' in the same boat due to breakdowns and such, but for the most part we each had our own separate boat. We started out using outboard motor boats. However, ' shrimping with an outboard is pretty hard.

    Etymology 2

    Compare (etyl) , (etyl) schrumpfen.