Origin of sharper
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 sharperdouble-crosser, crook, fake, jockey, decoy, chiseler, rascal, cheater, rogue, bluff, pretender, victimizer, quack, shyster, hypocrite, charlatan, trickster, rook, deceiver, impostor
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Contemporary Examples of sharper
As part of the writing team on Blazing Saddles, he gave its parody of the Western a sharper political edge.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
And it gave this Anakonda a sharper bite than those that have gone before.Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin
October 12, 2014
For the 60 million people who watched the debate, the contrast of the candidates could not have been sharper.CNN ’60s Series Looks at How the Kennedy-Nixon Debate Changed TV
May 29, 2014
We went for more square, sharper, aggressive-looking shapes using dogs, bears, and birds of prey as models.
Sharper asserts that all of the sex was consensual and even points to a previous sexual relationship with some of the victims.Can Darren Sharper Beat His Rape Rap With the Kobe Defense?
Eboni K. Williams
March 18, 2014
Historical Examples of sharper
Could one find a sharper contrast than existed between these two?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Gaiety returned to him; his infernal tongue got sharper in these long hours of idleness.L'Assommoir
Our hammers ring with sharper din, our work will soon be sped.The Universal Reciter
We'll circumvent the old fellow, unless he's sharper than I think he is.Paul Prescott's Charge
Keep a watch below there, and keep a sharper eye on your duty.The Liberty Boys Running the Blockade
- (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