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Etymology

Middle English from Old English scearp

Pronunciation

Adjective

sharp (comparative er, superlative est)

Positive
sharp

Comparative
er

Superlative
est

  1. Able to cut easily.
    I keep my knives sharp so that they don't slip unexpectedly while carving.
  2. (colloquial) Intelligent.
    My nephew is a sharp lad; he can count to 100 in six languages, and he's only five years old.
  3. Able to pierce easily.
    Ernest had made the pencil too sharp, and accidentally stabbed himself with it.
  4. (music) Higher than usual by one semitone (denoted by the name of the note followed by the symbol ♯).
  5. (music) Higher in pitch than required.
    The oboe was an eighth of a tone sharp.
  6. Having an intense, acrid flavour, as sharp cheddar.
    Milly couldn't stand sharp cheeses when she was pregnant, as they made her nauseous.
  7. Intense and sudden, as a sharp pain.
    During labor, pregnant women will experience sharp contractions.
  8. (colloquial) Illegal or dishonest, as a sharp practice.
    Michael had a number of sharp ventures on the side that he kept off the books.
  9. Exact, precise, accurate; keen.
    You'll need sharp aim to make that shot.
  10. Offensive, critical, or acrimonious, as sharp criticism.
    When the two rivals met, first there were sharp words, and then a fight broke out.
  11. (colloquial) Stylish or attractive.
    You look so sharp in that tuxedo!
  12. Observant; alert; acute.
    Keep a sharp watch on the prisoners. I don't want them to escape!

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Adverb

sharp (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
sharp

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. (no comparative or superlative) Exactly.
    I'll see you at twelve o'clock sharp.
  2. (music) In a higher pitch than is correct or desirable.
    I didn't enjoy the concert much because the tenor kept going sharp on the high notes.

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Noun

Singular
sharp

Plural
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sharp ({{{1}}})
  1. (music) The symbol ♯, placed after the name of a note, in the key signature, or before a note on the staff to indicate that the note is to be played a semitone higher.
    Frequently, transposition is harder to read because of all the sharps and flats on the staff.
  2. (music) A note that is sharp in a particular key.
    The piece was difficult to read after it had been transposed, since in the new key many of the notes were sharps.
  3. Something which is sharp; usually used in the plural.
    Place sharps in a specially marked container for safe disposal.
  4. A dishonest person; a cheater.
    The casino kept a set of pictures of known sharps in the break room for the bouncers to see.

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Derived terms

double sharp

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