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Sharp

[shahrp] /ʃɑrp/
noun
1.
William ("Fiona Macleod") 1855?–1905, Scottish poet and critic.
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British Dictionary definitions for w sharp

sharp

/ʃɑːp/
adjective
1.
having a keen edge suitable for cutting
2.
having an edge or point; not rounded or blunt
3.
involving a sudden change, esp in direction: a sharp bend
4.
moving, acting, or reacting quickly, efficiently, etc: sharp reflexes
5.
clearly defined
6.
mentally acute; clever; astute
7.
sly or artful; clever in an underhand way: sharp practice
8.
bitter or harsh: sharp words
9.
shrill or penetrating: a sharp cry
10.
having an acrid taste
11.
keen; biting: a sharp wind, sharp pain
12.
(music)
  1. (immediately postpositive) denoting a note that has been raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone: B sharp
  2. (of an instrument, voice, etc) out of tune by being or tending to be too high in pitch Compare flat1 (sense 23)
13.
(phonetics) a less common word for fortis
14.
(informal)
  1. stylish
  2. too smart
15.
at the sharp end, involved in the area of any activity where there is most difficulty, competition, danger, etc
adverb
16.
in a sharp manner
17.
exactly: six o'clock sharp
18.
(music)
  1. higher than a standard pitch
  2. out of tune by being or tending to be too high in pitch: she sings sharp Compare flat1 (sense 29)
noun
19.
(music)
  1. an accidental that raises the pitch of the following note by one chromatic semitone Usual symbol
  2. a note affected by this accidental Compare flat1 (sense 35)
20.
a thin needle with a sharp point
21.
(informal) a sharper
22.
(usually pl) any medical instrument with sharp point or edge, esp a hypodermic needle
verb
23.
(transitive) (music, US & Canadian) to raise the pitch of (a note), esp by one chromatic semitone Usual equivalent in Britain and certain other countries) sharpen
interjection
24.
(South African, slang) an exclamation of full agreement or approval
Derived Forms
sharply, adverb
sharpness, noun
Word Origin
Old English scearp; related to Old Norse skarpr, Old High German scarpf, Old Irish cerb, Lettish skarbs

Sharp

/ʃɑːp/
noun
1.
Cecil (James). 1859–1924, British musician, best known for collecting, editing, and publishing English folk songs
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Word Origin and History for w sharp

sharp

adj.

Old English scearp "having a cutting edge; pointed; intellectually acute, active, shrewd; keen (of senses); severe; biting, bitter (of tastes)," from Proto-Germanic *skarpaz, literally "cutting" (cf. Old Saxon scarp, Old Norse skarpr, Old Frisian skerp, Dutch scherp, German scharf "sharp"), from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (cf. Lettish skarbs "sharp," Middle Irish cerb "cutting;" see shear).

The figurative meaning "acute or penetrating in intellect or perception" was in Old English; hence "keenly alive to one's own interests, quick to take advantage" (1690s). Of words or talk, "cutting, sarcastic," from early 13c. Meaning "distinct in contour" is from 1670s. The adverbial meaning "abruptly" is from 1836; that of "promptly" is first attested 1840. The musical meaning "half step above (a given tone)" is from 1570s. Meaning "stylish" is from 1944, hepster slang, from earlier general slang sense of "excellent" (1940). Phrase sharp as a tack first recorded 1912 (sharp as a needle has been around since Old English). Sharp-shinned attested from 1704 of persons, 1813 of hawks.

n.

"a cheat at games," 1797, short for sharper (1680s) in this sense. Meaning "expert, connoisseur" is attested from 1840, and likely is from sharp (adj.). Music sense is from 1570s. The noun was used 14c. as "a sharp weapon, edge of a sword."

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Slang definitions & phrases for w sharp

sharp

adjective
  1. Stylish; of the latest and most sophisticated sort: He wore bow ties and sharp suits (1940+ Jive talk)
  2. Good; excellent; admirable; cool: I sound like everything was sharp (1940+ Jive talk)
noun
  1. An expert, esp at card games; pro: Hurstwood's a regular sharp (1840+)
  2. (also sharper) A confidence trickster; a swindler, esp a dishonest card player; cardsharp (1688+)

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