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[shahrp-set] /ˈʃɑrpˌsɛt/
eager to satisfy the appetite, especially for food.
keen or eager.
set to present a sharply angled edge.
Origin of sharp-set
First recorded in 1530-40
Related forms
sharp-setness, noun Unabridged
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  • Above all things they were sharp-set to hurry forward the thing they had it in their minds to do.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • And if she has refused once, fly her sharp-set the next time.

  • I had had no appetite for a week before, and I have been as sharp-set as a Danube pike ever since.'

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • But with never a halt we went on our way, sharp-set to reach Edinburgh.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
  • Presently Alfred appeared, sharp-set after a good day's business.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell
  • But I was wakeful now and my mind was sharp-set on many things.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • Ye see, I wasna that sharp-set the day, sae I had jist a mou'fu' o' breid and cheese.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • Well, when you are sharp-set, and you eat and satisfy yourself, everything looks pretty different from what it done before.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Perhaps it was their sharp-set appetites that made them think the food tasted unusually fine.

  • "Those young squires be sharp-set, and no mistake," said the tinker to his companion.

British Dictionary definitions for sharp-set


set to give an acute cutting angle
keenly hungry
keen or eager
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