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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.




2. sharp ending in a sharp point

Synonymsacuate, acute, needlelike


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


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



5. sharp harsh

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

Synonymssharp-worded, tart



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

SamplesA shrill whistle.
A shrill gaiety.


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



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


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


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.



12. sharp quick and forceful

SamplesA sharp blow.


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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