or card·sharp·er

[ 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 formscard·sharp·ing, noun
Can be confusedcard shark cardsharp Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cardsharp

  • 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



/ (ˈkɑːdˌʃɑːp) /


a professional card player who cheats
Derived Formscardsharping, noun
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