- 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.
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- 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: Middle 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
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adjective sharp·er, sharp·est
- 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.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. See Synonyms at fashionable.
- 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 half step.b. A note that is raised a half step.
- A slender sewing needle with a very fine point.
- Informal a. An expert.b. A shrewd cheater; a sharper.
Origin: Middle English scharp, from Old English scearp; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- sharpˈly adverb
- sharpˈness noun
, Phillip Allen Born 1944.