Shriek owl. (Zoöl.) (a) The screech owl. (b) The swift; — so called from its cry.

(Shriek"er) n. One who utters a shriek.

(Shriev"al) a. Of or pertaining to a sheriff.

(Shriev"al*ty) n. [Contr. from sheriffalty. See Shrieve, n. Sheriff.] The office, or sphere of jurisdiction, of a sheriff; sheriffalty.

It was ordained by 28 Edward I that the people shall have election of sheriff in every shire where the shrievalty is not of inheritance.

(Shrieve) n. [Contr. from OE. shereve. See Sheriff.] A sheriff. [Obs.] Shak.

2. Artful; wily; cunning; arch.

These women are shrewd tempters with their tongues.

3. Able or clever in practical affairs; sharp in business; astute; sharp-witted; sagacious; keen; as, a shrewd observer; a shrewd design; a shrewd reply.

Professing to despise the ill opinion of mankind creates a shrewd suspicion that we have deserved it.

Syn. — Keen; critical; subtle; artful; astute; sagacious; discerning; acute; penetrating. — Shrewd, Sagacious. One who is shrewd is keen to detect errors, to penetrate disguises, to foresee and guard against the selfishness of others. Shrewd is a word of less dignity than sagacious, which implies a comprehensive as well as penetrating mind, whereas shrewd does not.

Shrewd"ly, adv.Shrewd"ness, n.

(Shrew"ish) a. having the qualities of a shrew; having a scolding disposition; froward; peevish.

My wife is shrewish when I keep not hours.

Shrew"ish*ly, adv.Shrew"ish*ness, n.

(Shrew"mouse`) n. (Zoöl.) A shrew; especially, the erd shrew.

(Shriek) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Shrieked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Shrieking.] [OE. shriken, originallythe same word as E. screech. See Screech, and cf. Screak.] To utter a loud, sharp, shrill sound or cry, as do some birds and beasts; to scream, as in a sudden fright, in horror or anguish.

It was the owl that shrieked.

At this she shrieked aloud; the mournful train
Echoed her grief.

(Shriek) v. t. To utter sharply and shrilly; to utter in or with a shriek or shrieks.

On top whereof aye dwelt the ghostly owl,
Shrieking his baleful note.

She shrieked his name
To the dark woods.

(Shriek), n. A sharp, shrill outcry or scream; a shrill wild cry such as is caused by sudden or extreme terror, pain, or the like.

Shrieks, clamors, murmurs, fill the frighted town.

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