- Sharp means having a point or edge that is good for cutting or a sudden change.
- An example of something sharp is a knife.
- An example of sharp used as an adjective is the phrase a sharp turn which means a turn that suddenly changes direction.
- Sharp is defined as exactly.
An example of sharp used as an adverb is to arrive somewhere at a certain time, like two o'clock sharp.
- The definition of a sharp is something with a pointed end.
An example of a sharp is a needle.
A cook's knife needs to be sharp.
- suitable for use in cutting or piercing; having a very thin edge or fine point; keen
- having a point or edge; not rounded or blunt; peaked: a sharp ridge, features, etc.
- not gradual; abrupt; acute: a sharp turn
- clearly defined; distinct; clear: a sharp contrast
- made up of hard, angular particles, as sand
- quick, acute, or penetrating in perception or intellect; specif.,
- acutely sensitive in seeing, hearing, etc.
- clever; shrewd
- showing or having a keen awareness; attentive; vigilant: a sharp lookout
- crafty; designing; underhanded
- harsh, biting, or severe: a sharp temper, criticism, etc.
- violent or impetuous; sudden and forceful: a sharp attack
- brisk; active; vigorous: a sharp run
- having a keen effect on the senses or feelings; specif.,
- severe; intense; acute; keen: a sharp pain, grief, appetite, etc.
- strong; biting; pungent, as in taste or smell
- high-pitched; shrill: a sharp sound
- brilliant; intense: a sharp flash of light
- cold and cutting: a sharp wind
- Slang attractively or stylishly dressed or groomed
- higher in pitch by a half step: C sharp (C)
- out of tune by being above the true or proper pitch
Origin of sharpMiddle English ; from Old English scearp, akin to German scharf, Old Norse skarpr ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)kerb(h)- ; from base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut from source shear, harvest, Classical Latin caro, flesh
- in a sharp manner; specif.,
- abruptly or briskly
- attentively or alertly
- so as to have a sharp point or edge
- keenly; piercingly
- Music above the true or proper pitch
- precisely; exactly: one o'clock sharp
- a sewing needle with an extremely fine point
- Informal an expert or adept
- Informal shark, sharper
- a note or tone one half step above another
- the sign () indicating such a note
- Having a thin edge or a fine point suitable for or capable of cutting or piercing.
- a. Having clear form and detail: a sharp photographic image.b. Terminating in an edge or a point: sharp angular cliffs; a sharp nose.c. Clearly and distinctly set forth: sharp contrasts in behavior.
- Abrupt or acute: a sharp drop; a sharp turn.
- a. Intellectually penetrating; astute: was sharp in his analysis of the problem.b. Marked by keenness and accuracy of perception: sharp hearing.
- Crafty or deceitful, as in business dealings: sharp selling practices.
- Vigilant; alert: kept a sharp lookout for shoplifters.
- a. Briskly or keenly cold and cutting: a sharp wind.b. Harsh or biting in tone or character: sharp criticism.
- Fierce or impetuous; violent: a sharp temper; a sharp assault.
- Intense; severe: a sharp pain.
- a. Sudden and shrill: a sharp whistle.b. Sudden and brilliant or dazzling: a sharp flash of lightning.
- Strongly affecting the senses of smell and taste: a sharp pungent odor; a sharp cheese.
- Composed of hard angular particles: sharp sand.
- Music a. Raised in pitch by a semitone.b. Being above the proper pitch.c. Having the key signature in sharps.
- Informal Attractive or stylish: a sharp jacket.
- In a sharp manner: hit me sharp on the brow.
- Punctually; exactly: at three o'clock sharp.
- Music Above the true or proper pitch.
- Music a. A sign (♯) used to indicate that a note is to be raised by a semitone.b. A note that is raised a semitone.
- a. A slender sewing needle with a very fine point.b. A hypodermic needle: a canister for disposing of used sharps.
- Informal a. An expert.b. A shrewd cheater; a sharper.
verbsharped, sharp·ing, sharps Music
Origin of sharpMiddle English, from Old English scearp; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative sharper, superlative sharpest)
- Able to cut easily.
- I keep my knives sharp so that they don't slip unexpectedly while carving.
- (colloquial) Intelligent.
- My nephew is a sharp lad; he can count to 100 in six languages, and he's only five years old.
- Terminating in a point or edge; not obtuse or rounded.
- Ernest made the pencil too sharp and accidentally stabbed himself with it.
- a sharp hill
- a face with sharp features
- (music) Higher than usual by one semitone (denoted by the symbol ♯ after the name of the note).
- (music) Higher in pitch than required.
- The orchestra's third violin several times was sharp about an eighth of a tone.
- Having an intense, acrid flavour.
- Milly couldn't stand sharp cheeses when she was pregnant, because they made her nauseated.
- Sudden and intense.
- A pregnant woman during labor normally experiences a number of sharp contractions.
- (colloquial) Illegal or dishonest.
- Michael had a number of sharp ventures that he kept off the books.
- (colloquial) Keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interests; shrewd.
- a sharp dealer; a sharp customer
- Exact, precise, accurate; keen.
- You'll need sharp aim to make that shot.
- Offensive, critical, or acrimonious.
- sharp criticism; When the two rivals met, first there were sharp words, and then a fight broke out.
- (colloquial) Stylish or attractive.
- You look so sharp in that tuxedo!
- Observant; alert; acute.
- Keep a sharp watch on the prisoners. I don't want them to escape!
- Forming a small angle; especially, forming an angle of less than ninety degrees.
- Drive down Main for three quarters of a mile, then make a sharp right turn onto Pine.
- Steep; precipitous; abrupt.
- a sharp ascent or descent; a sharp turn or curve
- (mathematics, of a statement) Said of as extreme a value as possible.
- Sure, any planar graph can be five-colored. But that result is not sharp: in fact, any planar graph can be four-colored. That is sharp: the same can't be said for any lower number.
- (chess) tactical; risky
- Piercing; keen; severe; painful.
- a sharp pain
- the sharp and frosty winter air
- Eager or keen in pursuit; impatient for gratification.
- a sharp appetite
- A sharp assault already is begun.
- Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty.
- sharp sand
- (phonetics, dated) Uttered in a whisper, or with the breath alone; aspirated; unvoiced.
- (able to cut easily): blunt, dull
- (intelligent): dim, dim-witted, slow, slow-witted, thick
- (able to pierce easily): blunt
- (higher than usual by one semitone): flat
- (music: higher in pitch than required): flat
- (having an intense and acrid flavour): bland, insipid, tasteless
- (sudden and intense): dull
- (illegal, dishonest): above-board, honest, legit, legitimate, reputable
- (accurate): inaccurate, imprecise
- (critical): complimentary, flattering, friendly, kind, nice
- (stylish, attractive): inelegant, scruffy, shabby
- (observant): unobservant
(comparative sharper, superlative sharpest)
- To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply.
- (not comparable) Exactly.
- I'll see you at twelve o'clock sharp.
- (music) In a higher pitch than is correct or desirable.
- I didn't enjoy the concert much because the tenor kept going sharp on the high notes.
- (music) The symbol ♯, placed after the name of a note in the key signature or before a note on the staff to indicate that the note is to be played a semitone higher.
- The pitch pipe sounded out a perfect F♯ (F sharp).
- Transposition frequently is harder to read because of all the sharps and flats on the staff.
- (music) A note that is played a semitone higher than usual; denoted by the name of the note that is followed by the symbol ♯.
- (music) A note that is sharp in a particular key.
- The piece was difficult to read after it had been transposed, since in the new key many notes were sharps.
- (music) The scale having a particular sharp note as its tonic.
- Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" is written in C♯ minor (C sharp minor.)
- (usually in the plural) Something that is sharp.
- Place sharps in the specially marked red container for safe disposal.
- A sharp tool or weapon.
- (medicine) A hypodermic syringe.
- (medicine, dated) A scalpel or other edged instrument used in surgery.
- A dishonest person; a cheater.
- The casino kept in the break room a set of pictures of known sharps for the bouncers to see.
- Part of a stream where the water runs very rapidly.
- A sewing needle with a very slender point, more pointed than a blunt or a between.
- (in the plural) middlings
- (slang, dated) An expert.
- A sharpie (member of Australian gangs of the 1960s and 1970s).
(third-person singular simple present sharps, present participle sharping, simple past and past participle sharped)
From Middle English, from Old English scearp, from Proto-Germanic *skarpaz (cf. West Frisian skerp, Low German scharp, Dutch scherp, German scharf, Danish skarp), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kerb(h) (cf. Irish cearb 'keen; cutting', Latin acerbus 'tart, bitter', Tocharian B kärpye 'rough', Latvian skârbs 'sharp, rough', Russian щерба (ščerba) 'notch', Albanian harb 'rudeness'), from *(s)ker- (“to cut”). More at shear.