adjective, sharp·er, sharp·est.
- (of a tone) raised a chromatic half step in pitch: F sharp.
- above an intended pitch, as a note; too high (opposed to flat1def 26b).
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- a tone one chromatic half step above a given tone.
- (in musical notation) the symbol ♯ indicating this.
Origin of sharp
Synonyms for sharp
Antonyms for sharp
Related Words for sharpacute, pointed, abrupt, intense, marked, extreme, brilliant, slick, fast, nimble, bright, quick, subtle, intelligent, smart, salty, shrewd, fierce, biting
Examples from the Web for sharp
Contemporary Examples of sharp
To unwind, Sharp takes long showers, and stops himself from separating his food on his plate as Christopher would.
Sharp has spent so long being Christopher he can just “drop into him and stay in him consistently” before a performance.
Sharp was born in London, and spent the first seven years of his life traveling with his family around the US.
Long before rehearsals began, Sharp started to embody Christopher.
However, there was sharp disagreement over the breadth of the problem.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec. 7
December 7, 2014
Historical Examples of sharp
"I shall want you at seven-thirty sharp, to-morrow morning," he said, as they alighted.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
With a sharp piece of flint he cut the fur of the animal's back.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
There was a sharp, shrill cry from the boy, and Dozier whirled on him.Way of the Lawless
But she's a curious little party; sharp, without knowing it.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
In sharp contrast to this, the drunkenness of Callidamates in Most.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
- (immediately postpositive)denoting a note that has been raised in pitch by one chromatic semitoneB sharp
- (of an instrument, voice, etc) out of tune by being or tending to be too high in pitchCompare flat 1 (def. 23)
- too smart
- an accidental that raises the pitch of the following note by one chromatic semitoneUsual symbol: ♯
- a note affected by this accidentalCompare flat 1 (def. 35)
Word Origin for sharp
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with sharp
- sharp as a tack
- sharp practice
- keep an eye (a sharp lookout) for
- look sharp