(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. (of something seen or heard) clearly defined

- a sharp photographic image

- the sharp crack of a twig

Similar word(s): distinct, crisp

2. (of an object) having a sharp point.

Similar word(s): pointed, acuate, acute, needlelike

3. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

- as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang

Similar word(s): perceptive, acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing

4. (of a person) intelligent, smart.

- My nephew is a sharp lad; he can count to 100 in six languages, and he's only five years old.

- He is a sharp kid!

Similar word(s): smart, astute, shrewd

5. (of words) offensive, critical, or harsh.

- sharp criticism

- a sharp-worded exchange

Similar word(s): unpleasant, tart

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

Similar word(s): high, shrill

7. extremely steep

- a sharp drop

Similar word(s): steep, abrupt, precipitous

8. (of feelings or experience) keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point

- a sharp pain

- sharp winds

Similar word(s): acute, intense, cutting, keen, knifelike, lancinate, lancinating, piercing, stabbing, fulgurating, salt

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

- a sharp knife

- a pencil with a sharp point

Similar word(s): carnassial, edged, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, sharpened, pointed

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

- C sharp

11. very sudden and in great amount or degree

- a sharp drop in the stock market

Similar word(s): sudden

12. quick and forceful

- a sharp blow

Similar word(s): forceful

13. (of a style or appearance) stylish or attractive.

- You look so sharp in that tuxedo!

14. exact, precise, accurate; keen.

- You'll need sharp aim to make that shot.

Sentences with sharp as an adjective:

- I keep my knives sharp so that they don't slip unexpectedly while carving.

- Ernest made the pencil too sharp and accidentally stabbed himself with it.

- a sharp hill;  a face with sharp features

- The orchestra's third violin several times was sharp about an eighth of a tone.

- Milly couldn't stand sharp cheeses when she was pregnant, because they made her nauseated.

- A pregnant woman during labor normally experiences a number of sharp contractions.

- Michael had a number of sharp ventures that he kept off the books.

- a sharp dealer;  a sharp customer

- sharp criticism;

- Keep a sharp watch on the prisoners. I don't want them to escape!

- Drive down Main for three quarters of a mile, then make a sharp right turn onto Pine.

- a sharp ascent or descent;  a sharp turn or curve

- Sure, any planar graph can be five-colored. But that result is not sharp: in fact, any planar graph can be four-colored. That is sharp: the same can't be said for any lower number.

- a sharp pain;  the sharp and frosty winter air

- a sharp appetite


1. changing suddenly in direction and degree

- the road twists sharply after the light

- turn sharp left here

Similar word(s): acutely, sharply

Sentences with sharp as an adverb:

- I'll see you at twelve o'clock sharp.

- I didn't enjoy the concert much because the tenor kept going sharp on the high notes.


1. a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named

Definition categories: communication

2. a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point

Definition categories: man–made

Sentences with sharp as a noun:

- The pitch pipe sounded out a perfect F♯ (F sharp).

- Transposition frequently is harder to read because of all the sharps and flats on the staff.

- The piece was difficult to read after it had been transposed, since in the new key many notes were sharps.

- Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" is written in C♯ minor (C sharp minor.)

- Place sharps in the specially marked red container for safe disposal.

- The casino kept in the break room a set of pictures of known sharps for the bouncers to see.


1. (music) To raise the pitch of a note half a step making a natural note a sharp.

- That new musician must be tone deaf: he sharped half the notes of the song!

2. To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.