verb (used with or without object)
- sharpe's grysbok,
Origin of sharpen
Examples from the Web for sharpener
Buy a sharpener, or pay a professional for frequent sharpenings.
The mechanic, the hireling, the sharpener of tools, he must never keep more than a day.
It is wonderful what a sharpener of the poor wits hunger is!A Rough Shaking|George MacDonald
I put the pencil in the sharpener, gave it two or three turns, and out it came with the point nicely rounded and sharpened.Dawson Black: Retail Merchant|Harold Whitehead
You can carry it loose in your pocket without fear of injuring the sharpener or yourself.
For a sharpener wrap a piece of fine emery paper about a square stick and tack it down.Notes on Bookbinding for Libraries|John Cotton Dana
1630s, agent noun from sharpen.
1520s, "bring to an edge or point," from sharp (adj.) + -en (1). Related: Sharpened; sharpening. Old English verb scearpian meant "to score, scarify;" cf. scearpung "scarifying." To sharpen (one's) pencil "prepare to get to work" is from 1957, American English.