AskDefine | Define sharp

Dictionary Definition

sharp adj
1 (of something seen or heard) clearly defined; "a sharp photographic image"; "the sharp crack of a twig"; "the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot" [syn: crisp]
2 ending in a sharp point [syn: acuate, acute, needlelike]
3 having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an 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" [syn: acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing]
4 marked by practical hardheaded intelligence; "a 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" [syn: astute, shrewd]
5 harsh; "sharp criticism"; "a sharp-worded exchange"; "a tart remark" [syn: sharp-worded, tart]
6 high-pitched and sharp; "piercing screams"; "a shrill whistle" [syn: piercing, shrill]
7 extremely steep; "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop" [syn: abrupt, precipitous]
8 keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point; "a sharp pain"; "sharp winds" [ant: dull]
9 very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation; "an incisive mind"; "a keen intelligence"; "of sharp and active intellect" [syn: incisive, keen]
10 having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing; "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point" [ant: dull]
11 sour or bitter in taste [syn: acerb, acerbic, astringent]
12 raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone; "C sharp" [ant: flat, natural]
13 very sudden and in great amount or degree; "a sharp drop in the stock market"
14 quick and forceful; "a sharp blow"


1 a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named
2 a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point adv : changing suddenly in direction and degree; "the road twists sharply after the light"; "turn sharp left here" [syn: sharply]

User Contributed Dictionary



from scearp



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


able to cut easily
able to pierce easily
of a note, played a semitone higher than usual
  • Czech: vysoký
  • Dutch: -kruis
  • German: -is
  • Irish: géar
  • Italian: diesis
  • Russian: -диез (dijéz)
of a scale, having a particular sharp note as its tonic
musically higher-pitched than desired
  • Dutch: hoog
  • German: hoch
  • Irish: géar
  • Latvian: ass, asa
having an intense, acrid flavour
intense and sudden (of pain)
  • Dutch: stekend, acuut
  • Finnish: pistävä
  • German: stechend
  • Italian: intenso, forte
  • Latvian: ass, asa
  • Russian: острый
  • Slovene: oster , ostra , ostro
  • Swedish: skarp
illegal or dishonest
exact, precise, accurate, keen
  • Finnish: täsmällinen, tarkka
  • Italian: esatto, preciso
  • Russian: точный
  • Scottish Gaelic: deas
offensive, critical, or acrimonious
stylish or attractive
  • Finnish: tyylikäs
  • German: scharf
observant, alert, acute


en-adv er
  1. Exactly.
    I'll see you at twelve o'clock sharp.
  2. 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.



in a higher pitch than is correct or desirable


  1. 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. 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.''


sign for a sharp note on the staff
  • Dutch: kruis
  • Finnish: risti
  • Russian: диез
  • Swedish: korsförtecken
a note that is sharp in a particular key
a sharp object
cheater or dishonest person
  • Finnish: huijari


Derived terms

double sharp

Extensive Definition

Sharp may refer to:
An organization:
In music:
sharp in German: Sharp (Begriffsklärung)
sharp in French: Sharp
sharp in Korean: 샤프 (동음이의)
sharp in Italian: SHARP
sharp in Georgian: დიეზი
sharp in Japanese: シャープ (曖昧さ回避)
sharp in Russian: Шарп
sharp in Thai: ชาร์ป (แก้ความกำกวม)
sharp in Yiddish: שארף

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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inclement, inconsiderate, indelible, indirect, ingenious, inharmonic, inharmonious, insidious, intelligent, intemperate, intense, inventive, irritating, jackleg, jagged, jaunty, jesting, jocose, jocular, joking, joky, joshing, journeyman, joyless, keen, keen-edged, keen-witted, keening, knee-shaped, knifelike, knowing, lamentable, land pirate, land shark, land-grabber, like a flash, like a thunderbolt, loud, malicious, malignant, marked, marksman, minim, mordacious, mordant, mortgage shark, mournful, moving, musical note, musicless, nasty, natty, natural, neat, needle-sharp, nifty, nimble, nimble-witted, nipping, nippy, no dumbbell, no slouch, nobby, nonmelodious, nose-piercing, nose-tickling, not born yesterday, note, numbing, observant, odorous, of a sudden, off, off-key, off-tone, on short notice, on the, on the alert, on the ball, on the button, on the dot, on the instant, on the job, on the minute, on the nose, on time, original, out of pitch, out of tone, out of tune, outrageous, 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