Synonyms for sharp

Grammar : Adj, adv
Spell : shahrp
Phonetic Transcription : ʃɑrp

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Définition of sharp

Origin :
  • Old English scearp "having a cutting edge; pointed; intellectually acute, active, shrewd; keen (of senses); severe; biting, bitter (of tastes)," from Proto-Germanic *skarpaz, literally "cutting" (cf. Old Saxon scarp, Old Norse skarpr, Old Frisian skerp, Dutch scherp, German scharf "sharp"), from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (cf. Lettish skarbs "sharp," Middle Irish cerb "cutting;" see shear).
  • The figurative meaning "acute or penetrating in intellect or perception" was in Old English; hence "keenly alive to one's own interests, quick to take advantage" (1690s). Of words or talk, "cutting, sarcastic," from early 13c. Meaning "distinct in contour" is from 1670s. The adverbial meaning "abruptly" is from 1836; that of "promptly" is first attested 1840. The musical meaning "half step above (a given tone)" is from 1570s. Meaning "stylish" is from 1944, hepster slang, from earlier general slang sense of "excellent" (1940). Phrase sharp as a tack first recorded 1912 (sharp as a needle has been around since Old English). Sharp-shinned attested from 1704 of persons, 1813 of hawks.
  • adj knifelike, cutting
  • adj sudden
  • adj perceptive, quick-witted
  • adj dishonest, deceitful
  • adj severe, intense
  • adj distinct, well-defined
  • adj stylish
  • adj hurtful, bitter in speech
  • adj having strong affect on animate senses
  • adv on time
Example sentences :
  • "I shall want you at seven-thirty sharp, to-morrow morning," he said, as they alighted.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • With a sharp piece of flint he cut the fur of the animal's back.
  • Extract from : « Ancient Man » by Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • There was a sharp, shrill cry from the boy, and Dozier whirled on him.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • But she's a curious little party; sharp, without knowing it.
  • Extract from : « Ester Ried Yet Speaking » by Isabella Alden
  • In sharp contrast to this, the drunkenness of Callidamates in Most.
  • Extract from : « The Dramatic Values in Plautus » by Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • She had heard of their doing so; heard them criticised with sharp sarcasm.
  • Extract from : « Ester Ried Yet Speaking » by Isabella Alden
  • Under the window rang the sharp gong of a city patrol-wagon.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • And sometimes I have sharp pains in the stomach, as if I had the colic.
  • Extract from : « The Imaginary Invalid » by Molire
  • A sharp wind came down from the heights, and whistled about their ears.
  • Extract from : « Rico and Wiseli » by Johanna Spyri
  • We'll land that stake; an' p'raps the sharp division'll take a tumble.
  • Extract from : « Thoroughbreds » by W. A. Fraser

Antonyms for sharp

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