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Etymology

As a scaleless fish, the word is first attested in the 1560s, with uncertain origin. Other definitions were most likely derived from it. Although many etymology have been offered ranging from Maya xoc to German Schurke (scoundrel), none has been widely accepted. [1]

Noun

Singular
shark

Plural
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  1. A scaleless fish of the superorder Selachimorpha, with a cartilaginous skeleton that has 5 to 7 gill slits on each side of its head.
  2. (informal, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A sleazy and amoral lawyer; an ambulance chaser.
  3. (informal) A relentless and resolute person or group, especially in business.
  4. (informal) A very good pool player.
  5. (sports and Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A person who feigns ineptitude to win money from others.

Usage notes

  • The use of the term by people unfamiliar with pool is rarely well perceived by experienced players.

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Verb

Infinitive
to shark

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to shark (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (obsolete) To steal or obtain through fraud.

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