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or cardsharper

[kahrd-shahrp or kahrd-shahr-per] /ˈkɑrdˌʃɑrp or ˈkɑrdˌʃɑr pər/
a person, especially a professional gambler, who cheats at card games.
Origin of cardsharp
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60; card1 + sharp
Related forms
cardsharping, noun
Can be confused
card shark, cardsharp. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He believed that if he was in England with plenty of money he could track down that cardsharp lie.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
British Dictionary definitions for cardsharp


a professional card player who cheats
Derived Forms
cardsharping, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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noun phrase

A very clever card-player, esp an unscrupulous poker or bridge player • Shortening of earlier card sharper (1880s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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