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[shahrp-tuhngd] /ˈʃɑrpˈtʌŋd/
characterized by or given to harshness, bitterness, or sarcasm in speech.
Origin of sharp-tongued
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was a gaunt, sharp-eyed, sharp-nosed, and sharp-tongued man.

    At the Crossroads Harriet T. Comstock
  • The red-haired, sharp-tongued lady was really222 quite badly hurt.

  • The other servants—a cross cook and a sharp-tongued second-girl—were inefficient and lazy and quarrelsome.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • sharp-tongued and ill-tempered, Mistress Veta was often dissatisfied with the work.

  • "Theer's th' owd parson," commented one sharp-tongued matron.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Tall and thin, and sharp-featured, as well as sharp-tongued, he resembled a hawk.

    The Bad Man Charles Hanson Towne
  • He must above all be full-mouthed, sharp-tongued, and ready to keep his voice going for hours together.

    The Badger Alfred E. Pease
British Dictionary definitions for sharp-tongued


bitter or critical in speech; sarcastic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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