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sharp

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 4)

1 having an edge thin enough to cut or pierce something
  • be careful, as that knife is sharp enough to slice off a finger

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2 having a powerfully stimulating odor or flavor
  • that cheese is so sharp that its rank aroma can practically clear a room

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3 tapering to a thin tip
  • tipped with a sharp arrowhead

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5 being strikingly neat and trim in style or appearance
  • a television personality who's known as a sharp dresser

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6 causing intense discomfort to one's skin
  • I got chapped lips from sailing all day in that sharp wind

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7 given to or marked by cheating and deception
  • sharp business practices that are being investigated by the state's consumer protection agency

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9 having or showing quickness of mind
  • any sharp student would have noticed the error immediately

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11 able to sense slight impressions or differences
  • you have sharp eyes

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12 uncomfortably cool
  • a spell of unusually sharp weather for this time of year

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sharp

adverb

Synonyms of sharp (Entry 2 of 4)

as stated or indicated without the slightest difference
  • be there at four o'clock sharp

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sharp

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of sharp (Entry 3 of 4)

a person with a high level of knowledge or skill in a field
  • the computer sharp that the rest of the staff turns to whenever their PCs act up

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sharp

verb

Synonyms of sharp (Entry 4 of 4)

as in hum, croon

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Frequently Asked Questions About sharp

How does the adjective sharp contrast with its synonyms?

The words acute and keen are common synonyms of sharp. While all three words mean "having or showing alert competence and clear understanding," sharp implies quick perception, clever resourcefulness, or sometimes questionable trickiness.

sharp enough to spot a confidence game

Where would acute be a reasonable alternative to sharp?

The synonyms acute and sharp are sometimes interchangeable, but acute implies a power to penetrate and may suggest subtlety and sharpness of discrimination.

an acute sense of style

When is it sensible to use keen instead of sharp?

The words keen and sharp are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, keen suggests quickness, enthusiasm, and a penetrating mind.

a keen observer of the political scene

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The first known use of sharp was before the 12th century

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“Sharp.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sharp. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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