Other Word Forms of Shark
Origin of Shark
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").
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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