A card shark.
An example of a famous shark is the shark in the movie Jaws.
An example of a shark is a ruthless car dealer who sells a car for more than its value.
An example of a shark is a tough lawyer who always wins his cases.
An example of to shark is to constantly cheat people out of their money to get by.
Other Word Forms
Origin of shark
- Origin unknown
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- First attested in the 1560s, the word meaning 'scaleless fish' is of uncertain origin: it was apparently brought to England, with a specimen, by John Hawkins. The word may derive from the Yucatec Maya xoc, or it may be an application of the "scoundrel" sense (which derives from the German Schurke (“scoundrel")) to the fish; no explanation is agreed upon.
- Perhaps from the noun, or perhaps related to shear.
- From the German Schurke (“scoundrel").