Sharp Synonyms, Sharp Antonyms

Sharp Synonyms, Sharp Antonyms

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sharp

modif.

  1. Having a keen edge

    acute , edged, keen , keen-edged, razor-edged, sharpened, ground fine, honed, honed to razor sharpness, razor-sharp, sharp-edged, fine , cutting , knifelike , knife-edged.

    Antonyms dull *, unsharpened, blunt.

  2. Having a keen point

    pointed , keen , sharp-pointed, spiked, spiky, peaked , needle-pointed, keen , fine , salient , spiny , thorny , prickly , barbed , needlelike, briery , stinging , sharp as a needle, pronged, tapered, tapering , horned, unguiculate, acuate, acuminate , aculeate, muricate, aciculate , aciculated , aciculiform.

  3. Having a keen mind

    clever , astute , bright ; see intelligent 1.

  4. Having the ability to wound with words

    caustic , biting , acrimonious ; see sarcastic .

  5. Not quite honest or honorable

    crafty , designing , underhand ; see sly 1.

  6. Distinct

    audible , visible , explicit ; see clear 2, definite 2, obvious 1.

  7. Vigilant

    attentive , watchful , close ; see observant 1, 2.

  8. Intense

    cutting , biting , piercing ; see intense .

  9. Vigorous

    brisk , energetic , lively ; see active 2.

  10. *Excellent

    fine , distinctive , first-class ; see excellent .

  11. *Stylish

    dressy , chic , in style; see fashionable .

sharp and keen both apply to that which is cutting, biting, incisive, or piercing, as because of a fine edge, but sharp more often implies a harsh cutting quality a sharp pain, tongue, flavor, etc. and keen often suggests a pleasantly biting or stimulating quality keen wit, delight, etc. or a marked enthusiasm or intensity a keen student; acute literally implies sharp-pointedness and figuratively suggests a penetrating or poignant quality acute hearing, distress, etc. and often connotes suddenness and severity an acute heart attack

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Another word for sharp

adjective

  1. Having a fine edge, as for cutting:

    keen 1. See sharp

  2. Having an end that tapers to a point:

    acicular , aciculate , aciculated , acuminate , acute , cuspate , cuspated , cuspidate , cuspidated , mucronate , pointed , pointy . See sharp

  3. Clearly defined; not ambiguous:

    clear , distinct , unambiguous , unequivocal , unmistakable . See clear

  4. Mentally quick and original:

    alert , bright , clever , intelligent , keen 1, quick , quick-witted , sharp-witted , smart . Idiom: smart as a whip. See ability

  5. Possessing or displaying perceptions of great accuracy and sensitivity:

    acute , incisive , keen 1, penetrating , perceptive , probing , sensitive , trenchant . See careful , sharp

  6. Deceitfully clever:

    artful , crafty , cunning , foxy , guileful , scheming , sly , tricky , wily . See ability , honest , means

  7. So sharp as to cause mental pain:

    acerbic , acid , acidic , acrid , astringent , biting , caustic , corrosive , cutting , mordacious , mordant , pungent , scathing , slashing , stinging , trenchant , truculent , vitriolic . See attack , respect

  8. Marked by severity or intensity:

    acute , gnawing , knifelike , lancinating , piercing , shooting , stabbing . See big

  9. Affecting the organs of taste or smell with a strong and often harsh sensation:

    piquant , pungent , spicy , zesty . (Archaic) poignant . See smells , taste

  10. (Informal)

    Being or in accordance with the current fashion:

    à la mode , chic , dashing , fashionable , mod , modish , posh , smart , stylish , swank , swanky , trig . (Informal) classy , in , snappy , swish , tony , trendy . (Slang) with-it . Idioms: all the rage, up to the minute. See style , usual

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  • The wound opened again and the salt he threw into it drew a sharp response from her.
  • Somewhere up ahead was a sharp turn.
  • I felt a sharp sting as the blade cut.
  • It was no fun to be pulled over the sharp stones in that way; but it was better than to be bitten by the wolf.
  • The only thing she accomplished was cutting her hands on the sharp rocks.
 
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sharp

see definition of sharp

  • adjknifelike, cutting
  • adjsudden
  • adjperceptive, quick-witted
  • adjdishonest, deceitful
  • adjsevere, intense
  • adjdistinct, well-defined
  • adjstylish
  • adjhurtful, bitter in speech
  • adjhaving strong affect on animate senses
  • advon time
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Synonyms for sharp

adj knifelike, cutting

  • acute
  • pointed
  • razor-sharp
  • sharpened
  • stinging
  • fine
  • keen
  • salient
  • tapering
  • aciculate
  • acuate
  • acuminate
  • acuminous
  • apical
  • barbed
  • briery
  • cuspate
  • cuspidate
  • edged
  • ground fine
  • honed
  • horned
  • jagged
  • keen-edged
  • knife-edged
  • needle-pointed
  • needlelike
  • peaked
  • pointy
  • prickly
  • pronged
  • serrated
  • sharp-edged
  • spiked
  • spiky
  • spiny
  • splintery
  • tapered
  • thorny
  • tined
  • tipped
  • unblunted
  • whetted

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Antonyms for sharp

  • blunt
  • dull
  • aboveboard
  • benevolent
  • bland
  • boring
  • calm
  • flat
  • forthright
  • frank
  • honest
  • ignorant
  • indefinite
  • indistinct
  • kind
  • lazy
  • low
  • mild
  • moderate
  • nice
  • old-fashioned
  • slow
  • stupid
  • tasteless
  • undefined
  • unintelligent
  • unstylish
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More words related to sharp

able

adjective . able to perform well; having a proven capacity
  • accomplished
  • adroit
  • agile
  • artful
  • au fait
  • brilliant
  • capable
  • clever
  • deft
  • dexterous
  • effective
  • effectual
  • efficient
  • equal to
  • experienced
  • expert
  • facile
  • gifted
  • ingenious
  • intelligent
  • keen
  • know backwards and forwards
  • know one's onions
  • know the ropes
  • learned
  • masterful
  • masterly
  • powerful
  • practiced
  • prepared
  • proficient
  • qualified
  • responsible
  • savvy
  • sharp
  • skilled
  • skillful
  • smart
  • talented
  • there
  • trained
  • up to it
  • up to snuff
  • up to speed
  • with it

ablest

adjective . able to perform well; having a proven capacity
  • accomplished
  • adroit
  • agile
  • artful
  • au fait
  • brilliant
  • capable
  • clever
  • deft
  • dexterous
  • effective
  • effectual
  • efficient
  • equal to
  • experienced
  • expert
  • facile
  • gifted
  • ingenious
  • intelligent
  • keen
  • know backwards and forwards
  • know one's onions
  • know the ropes
  • learned
  • masterful
  • masterly
  • powerful
  • practiced
  • prepared
  • proficient
  • qualified
  • responsible
  • savvy
  • sharp
  • skilled
  • skillful
  • smart
  • talented
  • there
  • trained
  • up to it
  • up to snuff
  • up to speed
  • with it

abrasive

adjective . irritating in manner
  • annoying
  • biting
  • caustic
  • cutting
  • galling
  • hard to take
  • hateful
  • hurtful
  • nasty
  • rough
  • rubbing the wrong way
  • sharp
  • spiky
  • unpleasant

accomplished

adjective . skilled in activity
  • able
  • adept
  • brainy
  • consummate
  • cool
  • cultivated
  • expert
  • gifted
  • hep
  • hip
  • masterly
  • polished
  • practiced
  • proficient
  • savvy
  • sharp
  • skillful
  • talented
  • wised up
  • with it

accurate

adjective . precise
  • authentic
  • careful
  • close
  • concrete
  • correct
  • defined
  • definite
  • deft
  • detailed
  • discriminating
  • discriminative
  • distinct
  • exact
  • explicit
  • factual
  • faithful
  • genuine
  • judicious
  • just
  • literal
  • matter-of-fact
  • methodical
  • meticulous
  • on the button
  • on the money
  • on the nose
  • particular
  • proper
  • punctilious
  • punctual
  • regular
  • right
  • rigid
  • rigorous
  • scientific
  • scrupulous
  • severe
  • sharp
  • skillful
  • solid
  • specific
  • strict
  • systematic
  • true
  • ultraprecise
  • unerring
  • unmistakable
  • veracious

acerb

adjective . sour
  • acerbic
  • acetous
  • acid
  • acidulous
  • acrid
  • bitter
  • harsh
  • sharp
  • tangy
  • tart
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Word Origin & History

Old English scearp “having a cutting edge; pointed; intellectually acute, active, shrewd; keen (of senses); severe; biting, bitter (of tastes),” from Proto-Germanic *skarpaz, literally “cutting” (cf. Old Saxon scarp, Old Norse skarpr, Old Frisian skerp, Dutch scherp, German scharf “sharp”), from PIE *(s)ker- (1) “to cut” (cf. Lettish skarbs “sharp,” Middle Irish cerb “cutting;” see shear ).

The figurative meaning “acute or penetrating in intellect or perception” was in Old English; hence “keenly alive to one’s own interests, quick to take advantage” (1690s). Of words or talk, “cutting, sarcastic,” from early 13c. Meaning “distinct in contour” is from 1670s. The adverbial meaning “abruptly” is from 1836; that of “promptly” is first attested 1840. The musical meaning “half step above (a given tone)” is from 1570s. Meaning “stylish” is from 1944, hepster slang, from earlier general slang sense of “excellent” (1940). Phrase sharp as a tack first recorded 1912 (sharp as a needle has been around since Old English). Sharp-shinned attested from 1704 of persons, 1813 of hawks.

Example Sentences for sharp

“I shall want you at seven-thirty sharp, to-morrow morning,” he said, as they alighted.

With a sharp piece of flint he cut the fur of the animal’s back.

There was a sharp, shrill cry from the boy, and Dozier whirled on him.

But she’s a curious little party; sharp, without knowing it.

In sharp contrast to this, the drunkenness of Callidamates in Most.

She had heard of their doing so; heard them criticised with sharp sarcasm.

Under the window rang the sharp gong of a city patrol-wagon.

And sometimes I have sharp pains in the stomach, as if I had the colic.

A sharp wind came down from the heights, and whistled about their ears.

We’ll land that stake; an’ p’raps the sharp division’ll take a tumble.

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