sharp·​ie | \ˈshär-pē \
variants: or sharpy
plural sharpies

Definition of sharpie 

1 : a long narrow shallow-draft boat with flat or slightly V-shaped bottom and one or two masts each carrying a triangular sail

2a : sharper

b : an exceptionally keen or alert person

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Examples of sharpie in a Sentence

those poolroom sharpies cleaned them out

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Her service in the Legislature from the unfashionable West Side of the Valley of the Sun made her a juicy target for the sharpies in the hunt-and-peck section. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Donald from Washington, you're on the line," 26 Apr. 2018 His company car was a huge GM station wagon full of records, tape, sharpies, staple guns and posters. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Universal's Lucian Grainge Honored By Songwriters Hall of Fame: Read His Acceptance Speech," 15 June 2018 For the tongue, fill in with pink paint pen and outline tongue in pink metallic sharpie fine point paint pen 9. Fox News, "Fun ways to decorate your Easter eggs," 1 Apr. 2018 Didn't write it in sharpie, because Taylor has to hold onto it through camp. Bill Landis,, "Brady Taylor shows why 3-star Ohio recruits should have a place at Ohio State: Buckeye Take," 18 Apr. 2018 For the sunglasses, outline in black sharpie and fill in with black paint pen and fully let dry before adding the white highlights 8. Fox News, "Fun ways to decorate your Easter eggs," 1 Apr. 2018 Apply a base color; then use a thin sharpie to draw straight on your nail polish for cool DIY designs. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "15 Nail Art Hacks That Will Seriously Upgrade Your Mani," 20 Oct. 2017 In front of his locker after the game, Malone flipped the keepsake in his hands, looking at the black sharpie inscription on white athletic training tape noting his name and the play details. Jim Owczarski,, "Bengals get impact performance out of rookie receiver Josh Malone," 30 Oct. 2017 Secretive and shy, sharpies choose dense woodlands for nesting and are rarely observed during these periods. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Little Terror of the Flyway," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sharpie

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sharpie was circa 1859

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to make faulty or ineffective

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