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English adjective: sharp

1. sharp (of something seen or heard) clearly defined


SamplesA sharp photographic image.
The sharp crack of a twig.
The crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot.


Synonymscrisp


Similardistinct


Antonymsindistinct

2. sharp ending in a sharp point


Synonymsacuate, acute, needlelike


Similarpointed


Antonymspointless, unpointed

3. sharp having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions


SamplesAn acute observer of politics and politicians.
Incisive comments.
Icy knifelike reasoning.
As sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang.
Penetrating insight.
Frequent penetrative observations.


Synonymsacute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing


Similarperceptive


Antonymsunperceiving, unperceptive

4. sharp marked by practical hardheaded intelligence


SamplesA smart businessman.
An astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease.
He was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow.


Synonymsastute, shrewd


Similarsmart


Antonymsstupid

5. sharp harsh


SamplesSharp criticism.
A sharp-worded exchange.
A tart remark.


Synonymssharp-worded, tart


Similarunpleasant


Antonymspleasant

6. sharp having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones


SamplesA shrill whistle.
A shrill gaiety.


Synonymsshrill


Similarhigh, high-pitched


Antonymslow-pitched, low

7. sharp extremely steep


SamplesAn abrupt canyon.
The precipitous rapids of the upper river.
The precipitous hills of Chinese paintings.
A sharp drop.


Synonymsabrupt, precipitous


Similarsteep


Antonymsgradual

8. sharp keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point


SamplesA sharp pain.
Sharp winds.


Similaracute, cutting, fulgurating, intense, keen, knifelike, lancinate, lancinating, piercing, salt, stabbing


Antonymsdull

9. sharp having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing


SamplesA sharp knife.
A pencil with a sharp point.


Similarcarnassial, chisel-like, dagger-like, drill-like, edged, fang-like, file-like, incisive, keen, knifelike, metal-cutting, penetrating, penetrative, razor-sharp, sharp-toothed, sharpened


See alsopointed


Attributekeenness, sharpness


Antonymsdull

10. sharp (of a musical note) raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone


SamplesC sharp.


Domain categorymusic


Antonymsnatural, flat

11. sharp very sudden and in great amount or degree


SamplesA sharp drop in the stock market.


Similarsudden


Antonymsgradual

12. sharp quick and forceful


SamplesA sharp blow.


Similarforceful


Antonymsforceless, unforceful


English noun: sharp

1. sharp (communication) a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named


Broader (hypernym)musical notation


Narrower (hyponym)double sharp

2. sharp (artifact) a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point


Broader (hypernym)sewing needle


English adverb: sharp

1. sharp changing suddenly in direction and degree


SamplesThe road twists sharply after the light.
Turn sharp left here.
The visor was acutely peaked.
Her shoes had acutely pointed toes.


Synonymsacutely, sharply









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