plural card sharks also cardsharks
: a person who makes money by cheating at card games : card sharp
A former Russian interior minister … described him to a television interviewer in 1999 as a petty crook and card shark, known for bilking travelers and soldiers at Sochi, the Soviet Black Sea resort.John Tagliabue and Steven Lee Myers
also : a skilled card player
At a time when children's schedules are packed and digital distractions are everywhere, youthful card sharks are increasingly rare. "A whole generation of consumers didn't learn to play cards the way an entire prior generation did," says P.J. Katien, vice president, sales and marketing, for the U.S. Playing Card Co. … Sue Shellenbarger

Examples of card shark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soon Youssef has a new girlfriend, Stephanie (Zoé Marchal), a card shark with a crypto fortune. Robert Daniels, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of card shark was in 1877

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“Card shark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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