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shark

noun \ ˈshärk \

Definition of shark

: 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

sharklike

play \ˈshärk-ˌlīk\ adjective

Illustration of shark

illustration of shark

Origin and Etymology of shark

Middle English

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shark

noun

Definition of shark

1 : a rapacious crafty person who takes advantage of others often through usury, extortion, or devious means
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2 : one who excels greatly especially in a particular field

Origin and Etymology of shark

probably modification of German Schurke scoundrel

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shark

verb

Definition of shark

1 archaic : to gather hastily
2 archaic : to obtain by some irregular means
1 archaic : to practice fraud or trickery
2 archaic : sneak

First Known Use of shark

1602


SHARK Defined for Kids

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shark

noun \ ˈshärk \

Definition of shark for Students

: a large usually gray saltwater fish that has sharp teeth and a skeleton of cartilage

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shark

noun

Definition of shark for Students

: a person who cheats others out of money


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