card sharp

\ ˈkärd-ˌshärp How to pronounce card sharp (audio) \
variants: or cardsharp or especially formerly cardsharper \ ˈkärd-​ˌshär-​pər How to pronounce cardsharper (audio) \
plural card sharps or cardsharps also cardsharpers

Definition of card sharp

: a person who makes money by cheating at card games : card shark An Italian card sharp who used infra-red contact lenses to count cards marked with invisible ink has been jailed for two years.— Henry Samuel Fields folded in on himself like a cardsharp checking the aces up his sleeve …— Richard Alleva There was no evil which they would not believe of Mazarin, that he was a thief, a cardsharper, a perverted libertine …— H. A. L. Fisher also : a skilled card player … 350 big-time cardsharps convened last week for the 29th annual World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe hotel and casino … — Tricia Laine and Andrew Essex

First Known Use of card sharp

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Card sharp.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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