Definition for sharper (2 of 2)
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
Examples from the Web for 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|DAILY BEAST
And it gave this Anakonda a sharper bite than those that have gone before.Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin|Leo Cendrowicz|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Scott Porch|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
My countrymen seemed chiselled in sharper angles than I had imagined at home.The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX.|Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Miss Kilgour closed the door behind her with a sharper click than she had ever given its latch before.The Landloper|Holman Day
The development of monotheism gave the problem a sharper point and a deeper meaning.Determinism or Free-Will?|Chapman Cohen
Barbara came more slowly back, and looked somewhat as if she had had a sharper rebuke than she understood or relished.Magnum Bonum|Charlotte M. Yonge
This effect is probably owing to our cruder soil and sharper climate.Fresh Fields|John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for sharper (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for sharper (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for sharper (3 of 3)
- (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
- higher than a standard pitch
- out of tune by being or tending to be too high in pitchshe sings sharp Compare flat 1 (def. 29)
- 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)
Derived Formssharply, adverbsharpness, noun
Word Origin for sharp
Idioms and Phrases with sharper
In addition to the idioms beginning with sharp
- sharp as a tack
- sharp practice
- keep an eye (a sharp lookout) for
- look sharp