| Share
 

Shrimp

A child, a puny little fellow, in the same ratio to a man as a shrimp to a lobster. Fry is also used for children. (Anglo-Saxon, Scrine-an, to shrink; Danish, skrumpe; Dutch, krimpen.)

It cannot be this weak and writhled shrimp
Would strike such terror to his enemics.

Shakespeare: 1 Henry VI., ii. 3.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on Shrimp from Infoplease:

Related Content


24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring