sharp1 W2S3 [ʃa:p US ʃa:rp] adj comparative sharper superlative sharpest
1¦(able to cut easily)¦
8 keep a sharp eye on somebody
15¦(good at noticing things)¦
18 sharp practice
19 be on the sharp end (of something)
[: Old English; Origin: scearp]
having a very thin edge or point that can cut things easily
≠ ↑blunt
Make sure you use a good sharp knife.
Its teeth are razor sharp (=very sharp) .
2.) ¦(TURN)¦
a sharp turn or bend changes direction suddenly
We came to a sharp bend in the road.
sharp left/right
Take a sharp left after the church.
a sharp increase, rise, fall etc happens suddenly and is great in amount
= ↑steep
a sharp increase in prices
a sharp fall in unemployment
sharp differences are very big and very noticeable
sharp differences of opinion
There is a sharp distinction between domestic and international politics.
His honesty is in sharp contrast (=very different) to some other politicians.
a sharp pain or feeling is sudden and severe
≠ ↑dull
I felt a sharp pain in my back.
I was left with a sharp sense of disappointment.
speaking in a way that shows you disapprove of something or are annoyed
≠ ↑mild
a sharp rebuke
John's tone was sharp.
The boss can be very sharp with people when she's busy.
sb has a sharp tongue
(=they speak in a very disapproving way which often upsets people)
able to think and understand things very quickly, and not easily deceived
≠ ↑dull, stupid ↑stupid
a journalist with an extremely sharp mind
8.) keep a sharp eye on sb
to watch someone very carefully, especially because you do not trust them
Keep a sharp eye on the kids at all times!
9.) ¦(PENCIL)¦
having a very thin point that can draw an exact line
≠ ↑blunt
Make sure your pencils are sharp before we begin the test.
a sharp sound or cry is loud, short, and sudden
a sharp cry of pain
a sharp intake of breath
The branch broke with a sharp crack.
11.) ¦(TASTE)¦
having a slightly bitter taste
≠ ↑mild
sharp cheddar cheese
Add mustard to give the dressing a sharper taste.
12.) ¦(CLOTHES)¦
attractive and fashionable
British Equivalent: smart
Tod looked really sharp in his tux.
a sharp suit
13.) ¦(SHAPE)¦
not rounded or curved
sharp features
Her mother had a sharp little nose.
if an image or picture is sharp, you can see all the details very clearly
≠ ↑fuzzy
The outlines of the trees were sharp and clear.
able to see and notice details very well
sharp eye for detail
(=the ability to notice and deal with details)
16.) ¦(MUSIC)¦
a) F sharp/D sharp/C sharp etc
a musical note that is sharp has been raised by one ↑semitone from the note F, D, C etc
b) if music or singing is sharp, it is played or sung at a slightly higher ↑pitch than it should be
→↑flat1 (9)
→↑natural1 (10)
17.) ¦(WEATHER)¦
sharp wind/frost
a very cold wind or a severe ↑frost
A sharp wind blew across the lake.
18.) sharp practice
BrE behaviour, especially in business, that is dishonest but not illegal
He's been guilty of sharp practice in the past.
19.) be on the sharp end (of sth)
BrE informal to experience the worst effects of something
We were always on the sharp end of clients' complaints.
>sharpness n [U]
sharp 2
sharp2 adv
1.) at ten-thirty/2 o'clock etc sharp
at exactly 10.30, 2.00 etc
We're meeting at one-thirty sharp.
2.) sharp left/right
BrE if you turn sharp left or right, you make a sudden change of direction to the left or right
You turn sharp right at the crossroads.
3.) look sharp
BrE old-fashioned used to tell someone to do something quickly
If you look sharp you might catch him before he leaves for London.
4.) played or sung at a slightly higher ↑pitch than is correct
sharp 3
sharp3 n
1.) a musical note that has been raised one ↑semitone above the note written
2.) the sign (\#) in a line of written music used to show that a musical note should be raised
→↑flat2 (3)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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