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 sharply
And why has tuition risen so sharply at public universities?The Student Loan Crisis That Isn’t About Kids at Harvard|Monica Potts|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sharply tailored blazer and weighty jewelry that cling to her body hints at the dominant personality she possesses.
The country is divided, sharply and unrelentingly, over the same questions.
Women in America are drinking more than ever before, and they are suffering the consequences in sharply rising numbers.Elizabeth Peña and the Truth About Alcoholic Women|Gabrielle Glaser|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lena Dunham discusses it all—and then some—in her brutally honest, sharply funny memoir, ‘Not That Kind of Girl.’Speed Read: Lena Dunham’s Most Shocking Confessions From ‘Not That Kind of Girl’|Kevin Fallon|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The next moment the door was sharply closed and he caught no more.The Wild Geese|Stanley John Weyman
"Teddy mustn't 'ave any," he said, sharply, as she prepared to fill that gentleman's glass.At Sunwich Port, Complete|W.W. Jacobs
"Refers to the kind of work he does," responded Mrs. Anderson, sharply.A Star for a Night|Elsie Janis
Miss Conroy gave a glad little cry and turned Badger sharply.Rowdy of the Cross L|B.M. Sinclair, AKA B.M. Bower
Then before the girls could reply, the grey eyes that could be so sharply penetrating turned to scrutinize Dories.The Phantom Yacht|Carol Norton
British Dictionary definitions for sharply (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for sharply (2 of 2)
- (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 sharply
In addition to the idioms beginning with sharp
- sharp as a tack
- sharp practice
- keep an eye (a sharp lookout) for
- look sharp