characterized by or given to harshness, bitterness, or sarcasm in speech.

Origin of sharp-tongued

First recorded in 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of sharp-tongued

Historical Examples of sharp-tongued

  • Mart was sharp-tongued; all her life had taught her to be so.

  • "Theer's th' owd parson," commented one sharp-tongued matron.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Barristers, as becomes their calling, are usually sharp-witted and often sharp-tongued.

    Lancashire Humour

    Thomas Newbigging

  • She was pretty once, and sharp-tongued; so much you could swear to now.

    First Plays

    A. A. Milne

  • I did not like her myself, for she struck me as sharp-tongued.

    Vistas of New York

    Brander Matthews

British Dictionary definitions for sharp-tongued



bitter or critical in speech; sarcastic
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