Origin of shark1
Definition for shark (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of shark2
Examples from the Web for shark
Porter was convicted and shortly after sentenced to death by a judge who compared him to a shark in a feeding frenzy.Wrongly Imprisoned for 15 Years Thanks to an Innocence Project|Jacob Siegel|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her downfall came about, because for a second she forgot that to swim in the shark pool, you have to always act like a shark.‘Housewife Tycoon’ Took On ‘Mad Men’ NYC Real Estate Market and Won|Vicky Ward|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For humans, Shark Week is just a once-a-year sweeps event for the Discovery Channel.
However, for sharks—and Tracy Jordan—every week is Shark Week.
Though it appears convincing, the “evidence” presented in these Shark Week documentaries is not real.Shark Week Is Lying Again: Megalodon Is Definitely Extinct|David Shiffman|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But suppose a shark, like the one you caught, should come after you?The Motor Boys on the Atlantic|Clarence Young
He was ahead of me, but half way in he met a shark, and came clamoring back to me to be saved.The Sea Bride|Ben Ames Williams
When they returned from their day's work, they brought back only a shark.Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina|W. D. Westervelt
Owing to the peculiar shape of its maw a shark can not bite until it turns over.Under the Ocean to the South Pole|Roy Rockwood
After heaving about twenty minutes the shark was alongside with the head about three feet out of water.The Flying Bo'sun|Arthur Mason
British Dictionary definitions for shark (1 of 2)
Word Origin for shark
British Dictionary definitions for shark (2 of 2)
Word Origin for shark
Word Origin and History for shark (1 of 2)
1560s, of uncertain origin; apparently the word and the first specimen were brought to London by Capt. John Hawkins's second expedition (landed 1565; see Hakluyt).
There is no proper name for it that I knowe, but that sertayne men of Captayne Haukinses doth call it a 'sharke' [handbill advertising an exhibition of the specimen, 1569]
The meaning "dishonest person who preys on others," though attested only from 1599 (sharker "artful swindler" in this sense is from 1594), may be the original sense, later transferred to the large, voracious marine fish. If so, it is possibly from German Schorck, a variant of Schurke "scoundrel, villain," agent noun of Middle High German schürgen (German schüren) "to poke, stir."
But on another theory, the English word is from a Mayan word, xoc, which might have meant "shark." Northern Europeans seem not to have been familiar with sharks before voyages to the tropics began. A slightly earlier name for it in English was tiburon, via Spanish (where it is attested by 1520s), from the Carib name for the fish.
The English word was applied (or re-applied) to voracious or predatory persons, on the image of the fish, from 1707 (originally of pick-pockets); loan shark is attested from 1905. Sharkskin (1851) was used for binding books, etc. As the name of a type of fabric held to resemble it, it is recorded from 1932.
There is the ordinary Brown Shark, or sea attorney, so called by sailors; a grasping, rapacious varlet, that in spite of the hard knocks received from it, often snapped viciously at our steering oar. [Herman Melville, "Mardi"]