sharp·​er | \ ˈshär-pər How to pronounce sharper (audio) \

Definition of sharper

: cheat sense 2 especially : a cheating gambler

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carnival sharpers eager to relieve the yokels of their money
Recent Examples on the Web For example, there is the Butch Lewis Act, which has nothing at all to do with boxing but, rather, is a bill to protect private pensions from being looted by corporate sharpers. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "There Are Some Things You Can't Shut Down," 20 Jan. 2018 The payday-lending industry is a parasite on people who, for whatever reason, can’t establish themselves with the various sharpers in our mainstream banking industry. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The Payday Loan Racket," 17 Jan. 2018 Other sharpers were Doc Frame, Major James S. Showers and Colonel Rickett, who ran the Senate Saloon. Darryl Levings, kansascity, "Bob Potee was KC's courtly 19th century gambling king | The Kansas City Star," 26 Jan. 2018 And the aboveground economy will remain the province of the unindicted sharpers who did such a great job with it in 2008. Charles P. Pierce,, "Latest College Basketball Scandal Carries Stench of Prosecutorial Overreach," 30 Sep. 2017 The sophomore from Colleyville has been a touch sharper on field goals than Jonathan Song in the fall practices. Carlos Mendez, star-telegram, "Out of close competition, TCU may have found itself a new kicker," 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sharper

1681, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sharper was in 1681

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“Sharper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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