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shark

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noun \ˈshärk\

Definition of shark

  1. :  any of numerous mostly marine cartilaginous fishes of medium to large size that have a fusiform body, lateral branchial clefts, and a tough usually dull gray skin roughened by minute tubercles and are typically active predators sometimes dangerous to humans

shark·like play \ˈshärk-ˌlīk\ adjective


Illustration of shark

Origin of shark

Middle English


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with shark


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shark

noun

Definition of shark

  1. 1 :  a rapacious crafty person who takes advantage of others often through usury, extortion, or devious means <loan sharks>

  2. 2 :  one who excels greatly especially in a particular field



Origin of shark

probably modification of German Schurke scoundrel


First Known Use: 1599


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shark

verb

Definition of shark

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 archaic :  to gather hastily

    2. 2 archaic :  to obtain by some irregular means

    3. intransitive verb
    4. 1 archaic :  to practice fraud or trickery

    5. 2 archaic :  sneak



    1602

    First Known Use of shark

    1602



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