eager to satisfy the appetite, especially for food.
keen or eager.
set to present a sharply angled edge.

Origin of sharp-set

First recorded in 1530–40
Related formssharp-set·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sharp-set

Historical Examples of sharp-set

  • Above all things they were sharp-set to hurry forward the thing they had it in their minds to do.

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    Irvin S. Cobb

  • And if she has refused once, fly her sharp-set the next time.

  • I had had no appetite for a week before, and I have been as sharp-set as a Danube pike ever since.'


    Charles Kingsley

  • But with never a halt we went on our way, sharp-set to reach Edinburgh.

  • Presently Alfred appeared, sharp-set after a good day's business.

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    Horace Annesley Vachell

British Dictionary definitions for sharp-set



set to give an acute cutting angle
keenly hungry
keen or eager
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