[ shahrk ]
/ ʃɑrk /


any of a group of elongate elasmobranch, mostly marine fishes, certain species of which are large, voracious, and sometimes dangerous to humans.

Nearby words

  1. sharia,
  2. sharia-compliant,
  3. sharif,
  4. sharing economy,
  5. shariʿa,
  6. shark bell,
  7. shark biscuit,
  8. shark net,
  9. shark patrol,
  10. shark repellent


    jump the shark, Informal. to begin a decline in quality, popularity, relevance, etc., after reaching a peak: Some TV shows have jumped the shark once a popular cast member left the show.

Origin of shark

First recorded in 1560–70; origin uncertain

Related formsshark·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for jump the shark


/ (ʃɑːk) /


any of various usually ferocious selachian fishes, typically marine with a long body, two dorsal fins, rows of sharp teeth, and between five and seven gill slits on each side of the head
Derived Formssharklike, adjective

Word Origin for shark

C16: of uncertain origin


/ (ʃɑːk) /


a person who preys on or victimizes others, esp by swindling or extortion


archaic to obtain (something) by cheating or deception

Word Origin for shark

C18: probably from German Schurke rogue; perhaps also influenced by shark 1

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Word Origin and History for jump the shark
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