Middle English schrimpe ‘shrimp, puny person’, from Proto-Germanic *skrimpaz (compare Middle High German schrimpf ‘scratch’, Norwegian skramp ‘thin horse, thin man’), from *skrimpanan (compare Old English scrimman ‘to shrink’, Middle High German schrimpfen ‘to shrink, dry up’, Swedish skrympa ‘to shrink’), from Proto-Indo-European *skremb, *skr̥mb (compare Lithuanian skrembti ‘to crust over, stiffen’).
shrimp (countable and uncountable; plural shrimp or shrimps)
- any of many swimming, often edible crustaceans, with slender legs, long whiskers and long abdomens
- (uncountable) the flesh of the crustaceans
- (slang) a small, puny or unimportant person
- prawn (Australia and U.K.)
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shrimp (third-person singular simple present shrimps, present participle shrimping, simple past and past participle shrimped)
- (intransitive) to fish for shrimp