They had the sharpness to perceive it; and halting at several paces distance—formed a sort of irregular ring around me.
It does so mechanically, yet without the sharpness and insistent preciseness of a machine.
His man was partly stunned by the sharpness of the fall and made little attempt to free himself from Peter's grasp.
They then feel that death has a sting, and they have some foretaste of its sharpness and venom.
"You have one plate too many," she said with some sharpness of tone.
He spoke in a high, squeaky voice that cut me with the sharpness of its irritation.
The recalled town-sense, with its sharpness of observation, persisted.
He gave them a quick smile, as if to lessen the sharpness of the tone he had used.
This led to further passages of similar pleasantry between the two; but Bar, with all his sharpness, got nothing out of them.
That look of sharpness, which nothing could quench, was still there.
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.