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[shahrp-tuhngd] /ˈʃɑrpˈtʌŋd/
characterized by or given to harshness, bitterness, or sarcasm in speech.
Origin of sharp-tongued
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Mart was sharp-tongued; all her life had taught her to be so.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • "Theer's th' owd parson," commented one sharp-tongued matron.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Barristers, as becomes their calling, are usually sharp-witted and often sharp-tongued.

    Lancashire Humour Thomas Newbigging
  • She was pretty once, and sharp-tongued; so much you could swear to now.

    First Plays A. A. Milne
  • I did not like her myself, for she struck me as sharp-tongued.

    Vistas of New York Brander Matthews
  • He was a gaunt, sharp-eyed, sharp-nosed, and sharp-tongued man.

    At the Crossroads Harriet T. Comstock
  • The red-haired, sharp-tongued lady was really222 quite badly hurt.

British Dictionary definitions for sharp-tongued


bitter or critical in speech; sarcastic
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