sharp

Something with a thin edge or a fine point that can cut is sharp. It's painful when your dog climbs into your lap, poking you with his sharp toenails.

A knife and a pointed stick are sharp, since they can pierce or cut, and a piercing pain in your neck is also sharp. You can also use sharp to describe a smart person or clever decision — or someone who dresses well, or the clothes such a person wears. Sharp also means clear, like sharp images in a book of black and white photography, or sudden, like a sharp turn in a mountain road.

Primary Meanings of sharp

1.
adjn
having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing
a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point
2.
adj
(of something seen or heard) clearly defined
3.
adj
having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
4.
adj
harsh
5.
adjadv
very sudden and in great amount or degree
changing suddenly in direction and degree
6.
adjn
(of a musical note) raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone
a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named
Full Definitions of sharp
1

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

“a sharp knife”
“a pencil with a sharp point”
Synonyms:
carnassial
(of a tooth) adapted for shearing flesh
chisel-like
resembling a chisel
dagger-like
resembling a dagger
drill-like
resembling a drill
edged
having a cutting edge or especially an edge or edges as specified; often used in combination
fang-like
resembling a fang
file-like
resembling a file
incisive
suitable for cutting or piercing
keen
having a sharp cutting edge or point
knifelike
cutting or able to cut as if with a knife
metal-cutting
hard and sharp enough to cut metal
penetrating, penetrative
tending to penetrate; having the power of entering or piercing
razor-sharp
as sharp as a razor
sharpened
made sharp or sharper
sharp-toothed
having sharp teeth
pointed
having a point
Antonyms:
dull
not having a sharp edge or point
blunt
used of a knife or other blade; not sharp
blunted, dulled
made dull or blunt
edgeless
lacking a cutting edge
unsharpened
not sharpened
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adj ending in a sharp point

Synonyms:
acuate, acute, needlelike
pointed
having a point

adj extremely steep

“a sharp drop”
Synonyms:
abrupt, precipitous
steep
having a sharp inclination

n a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point

Type of:
sewing needle
a needle used in sewing to pull thread through cloth
2

adj (of something seen or heard) clearly defined

“a sharp photographic image”
“the sharp crack of a twig”
Synonyms:
crisp
distinct
easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined

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

“a sharp pain”
sharp winds”
Synonyms:
acute, intense
extremely sharp or intense
cutting, keen, knifelike, lancinate, lancinating, piercing, stabbing
painful as if caused by a sharp instrument
fulgurating
sharp and piercing
salt
(of speech) painful or bitter
Antonyms:
dull
not keenly felt
deadened
made or become less intense
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3

adj having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

Synonyms:
acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing
perceptive
having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment

adj marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

Synonyms:
astute, shrewd
smart
showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness
4

adj harsh

sharp criticism”
“a sharp-worded exchange”
Synonyms:
sharp-worded, tart
unpleasant
disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings

adj having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones

Synonyms:
shrill
high, high-pitched
used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
5

adj very sudden and in great amount or degree

“a sharp drop in the stock market”
Synonyms:
sudden
happening without warning or in a short space of time

adj quick and forceful

“a sharp blow”
Synonyms:
forceful
characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical)

adv changing suddenly in direction and degree

“turn sharp left here”
Synonyms:
acutely, sharply
6

adj (of a musical note) raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone

“C sharp
Antonyms:
natural
(of a musical note) being neither raised nor lowered by one chromatic semitone
flat
(of a musical note) lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone
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n a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named

Types:
double sharp
a musical notation of two sharps in front of a note indicating that it is to be raised by two semitones
Type of:
musical notation
(music) notation used by musicians

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