Shrewd vs Shroud - What's the difference?

shrewd | shroud |

As an adjective shrewd

is showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters.

As a noun shroud is

that which clothes, covers, conceals, or protects; a garment.

As a verb shroud is

to cover with a shroud.




  • showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters
  • artful, tricky or cunning
  • streetwise
  • *
  • knowledgeable
  • * {{quote-news
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  • (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



    (wikipedia shroud)


    (en noun)
  • That which clothes, covers, conceals, or protects; a garment.
  • * Sandys
  • swaddled, as new born, in sable shrouds
  • Especially, the dress for the dead; a winding sheet.
  • * Shakespeare
  • a dead man in his shroud
  • That which covers or shelters like a shroud.
  • * Byron
  • Jura answers through her misty shroud .
  • A covered place used as a retreat or shelter, as a cave or den; also, a vault or crypt.
  • * Chapman
  • The shroud to which he won / His fair-eyed oxen.
  • * Withals
  • a vault, or shroud , as under a church
  • The branching top of a tree; foliage.
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  • (nautical) A rope or cable serving to support the mast sideways.
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  • One of the two annular plates at the periphery of a water wheel, which form the sides of the buckets; a shroud plate.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To cover with a shroud.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The ancient Egyptian mummies were shrouded in a number of folds of linen besmeared with gums.
  • To conceal or hide from view, as if by a shroud.
  • The details of the plot were shrouded in mystery.
    The truth behind their weekend retreat was shrouded in obscurity.
  • * Sir Walter Raleigh
  • One of these trees, with all his young ones, may shroud four hundred horsemen.
  • * Dryden
  • Some tempest rise, / And blow out all the stars that light the skies, / To shroud my shame.
  • To take shelter or harbour.
  • * Milton
  • If your stray attendance be yet lodged, / Or shroud within these limits.