adj. sharp•er, sharp•est, v. adv. n.
1) having a thin cutting edge or a fine point; well-adapted for cutting or piercing:
a sharp knife[/ex]
2) terminating in an edge or point; not blunt or rounded:
sharp corners[/ex]
3) involving an abrupt change in direction or course:
a sharp curve in the road[/ex]
4) clearly defined; distinct:
a sharp contrast[/ex]
5) pungent or biting in taste:
a sharp cheese[/ex]
6) piercing or shrill in sound:
a sharp cry[/ex]
7) keenly cold, as weather:
a sharp, biting wind[/ex]
8) felt acutely; intense:
sharp pain[/ex]
9) merciless, caustic, or harsh:
sharp words[/ex]
10) alert or vigilant:
a sharp watch[/ex]
11) mentally acute:
a sharp lad[/ex]
12) cvb extremely sensitive; keen
13) shrewd or astute:
a sharp bargainer[/ex]
14) shrewd to the point of dishonesty:
sharp practice[/ex]
15) mus
a) (of a tone) raised a chromatic half step in pitch:
F sharp[/ex]
b) above an intended pitch, as a note; too high
(opposed to flat I).
16) Informal. very stylish:
a sharp dresser[/ex]
17) mus to raise in pitch, esp. by one chromatic half step
18) mus to sound above the true pitch
19) keenly or acutely
20) abruptly or suddenly
21) punctually:
Meet me at one o'clock sharp[/ex]
22) mus above the true pitch
23) clo Usu., sharps. a medium-length, all-purpose sewing needle with a sharp point
25) Informal. an expert
26) mus
a) a tone one chromatic half step above a given tone
b) (in musical notation) the symbol ♯ indicating this
Etymology: bef. 900; (adj.) ME; OE scearp, c. OFris, OSskarp, OHG skar(p) f, ONskarpr sharp′ly, adv. sharp′ness, n. syn: sharp, keen, intelligent, quick may all be applied to mental qualities and abilities. sharp means mentally alert or acute; it implies a clever and astute quality: a sharp mind. keen suggests an incisive, observant, or penetrating nature: a keen observer. intelligent means not only acute, alert, and active, but also able to reason and understand: an intelligent reader. quick suggests lively and rapid comprehension, prompt response to instruction, and the like: quick at figures.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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