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Origin of sharp

before 900; (adj.) Middle English; Old English scearp; cognate with German scharf; akin to Irish cearb a cut (noun), keen (adj.); (adv.) Middle English; Old English scearpe, derivative of the adj.; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the adj.; (v.) derivative of the adj.

SYNONYMS FOR sharp

1 Sharp, keen refer to the edge or point of an instrument, tool, and the like. Sharp applies, in general, to a cutting edge or a point capable of piercing: a sharp knife; a sharp point. Keen is usually applied to sharp edges: a keen sword blade.
6 clear.
8 acrid, bitter, piquant, sour.
10 piercing, nipping, biting.
11 severe, excruciating.
12 unmerciful, cutting, acid, acrimonious, pointed, biting.
16 attentive.
17 clever, discriminating, discerning, perspicacious. As applied to mental qualities, sharp, keen, intelligent, quick have varying implications. Sharp suggests an acute, sensitive, alert, penetrating quality: a sharp mind. Keen implies observant, incisive, and vigorous: a keen intellect. Intelligent means not only acute, alert, and active, but also able to reason and understand: an intelligent reader. Quick suggests lively and rapid comprehension, prompt response to instruction, and the like: quick at figures.
20 shady, deceitful.

OTHER WORDS FROM sharp

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Example sentences from the Web for sharped

  • It was the deepest disgrace we ever knew if we had sharped or flatted when we got back to the starting point.

  • Do not say: "F and C are sharped," "ti is sharped," "B is flatted," "fa is flatted."

  • Dickens's sentiment seldom rings perfectly true; too often it is sharped to flippancy, or flatted to mawkishness.

    Washington Irving|Henry W. Boynton

British Dictionary definitions for sharped (1 of 2)

Sharp
/ (ʃɑːp) /

noun

Cecil (James). 1859–1924, British musician, best known for collecting, editing, and publishing English folk songs

British Dictionary definitions for sharped (2 of 2)

Derived forms of sharp

sharply, adverbsharpness, noun

Word Origin for sharp

Old English scearp; related to Old Norse skarpr, Old High German scarpf, Old Irish cerb, Lettish skarbs
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Idioms and Phrases with sharped

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