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or sharpy

[shahr-pee] /ˈʃɑr pi/
a very alert person.
Slang. an ostentatiously stylish person.
Origin of sharpie
1855-60, Americanism; sharp + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • After a time it was found that sharpie construction proved weak in boats much over 50 feet.

  • Captain Joe shook his head, and the sharpie plunged on and rounded the point into the perfect calm of the protecting shore.

    Caleb West, Master Diver F. Hopkinson Smith
  • The photog in the purple shirt is really a sharpie at lepping.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • A man who knocks about a sandy land in a sharpie should always carry a shovel with him.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • Because of its large cabin, the sharpie yacht when under sail was generally less workable than the fishing sharpie.

  • He was one of a party of four who were cruising along the gulf coast in a sharpie.

    Days in the Open Lathan A. Crandall
British Dictionary definitions for sharpie


(Austral) a member of a teenage group having short hair and distinctive clothes Compare skinhead


trademark a type of permanent marker
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Slang definitions & phrases for sharpie



  1. A confidence man or swindler; hustler, sharp (1599+)
  2. A very able student, esp one who does not seem to work hard (1895+ Students)
  3. An expert, esp a somewhat exploitive or unscrupulous one Usually preceded by a


showing the field of skill: the gun-shark's report (1920s+) 4 A lawyer (1806+)

Related Terms

cardsharp, loan shark

[all senses fr the predaceous fish, except that the oldest sense may originally have been fr German schurke, ''rascal'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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