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Definition smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
  • She is a shrewd negotiator.
shrewd = smart
  • She watched him with a shrewd eye.
  • shrewd = smart
  • She was too shrewd to take him at his word.
  • shrewd = smart
  • Always looked half asleep, but was shrewd as could be when it came to a point of law.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • shrewd = smart
  • Dumbledore's got a shrewd idea,' said Lupin, 'and Dumbledore's shrewd ideas normally turn out to be accurate.'
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • shrewd = smart
  • He was the Machiavelli of Ohio politics, the classic behind-the-scenes fixer, a shrewd and insightful judge of character or, at least, political opportunity.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • shrewd = smart
  • My boys are young, but they are very shrewd.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • shrewd = smart
  • His powers of observation had served him well in a society where only the shrewdest, most opportunistic, most selfish, and least loyal to friends flourished.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • shrewdest = smartest
  • On the other hand, Arkush writes, Chinese proverbs are striking in their belief that "hard work, shrewd planning and self-reliance or cooperation with a small group will in time bring recompense."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • shrewd = smart
  • He was shrewder than I, however: the moment I sat down I began to feel sleepy.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • shrewder = smarter
  • "Aye, that I did," he answered with a shrewdly significant air.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • Marian looked at me shrewdly and took the book from my hands.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • Aro's shrewd eyes narrowed.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • She likes to play the merry fool, but underneath she's shrewder than her father.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • So they moved shrewdly and efficiently.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • She was not what they call shrewd or sharp at all—better she had been.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • How much had he figured out already with his crazy, insightful shrewdness?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • You be the fool," he gazed shrewdly at Brinker, "you do whatever anyone wants whenever they want it.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • That was a shrewd argument, and the Ao-chung man knew his fellows.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Can I do nothing right?' the priest teased him, and then he put in sharply and shrewdly, 'They will let me see him, I suppose?
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory

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