[ shahrk ]
/ ʃɑrk /


a person who preys greedily on others, as by cheating or usury.
Informal. a person who has unusual ability in a particular field.

verb (used with object)

Archaic. to obtain by trickery or fraud; steal.

verb (used without object)

Archaic. to live by shifts and stratagems.

Origin of shark

1590–1600; < German dialect Schork, variant of Schurke rascal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sharking (1 of 2)

/ (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 forms of shark

sharklike, adjective

Word Origin for shark

C16: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for sharking (2 of 2)

/ (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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