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sharp (sharply)

Definition:

changing suddenly in direction and degree

Class:

adverb (modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb)

Comparative:

sharper

Superlative:

sharpest

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

turn sharp left here

Synonyms:

acutely | sharply

Etymology:

[adjective] Old English scearp "cutting, keen, sharp", from ... | [noun] "a...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

sharply | sharp | at the sharp end [sense-specific] | fortis [less common, sense-specific] | abruptly [synonym, sense-specific] | smartly [synonym, sense-specific] | clever [synonym, sense-specific] | keen [synonym, sense-specific] | stylish [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

suddenly or forcefully; abruptly | in a manner that is very easy to see, hear, or distinguish | if someone says something sharply, they say it ... (24 of 734 words, 33 definitions, 25 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

sharp | sharps | sharped | sharp as a tack | the sharp end | ♯ [music, symbol] | painful [synonym, sense-specific] | sharply [derived]

[objects] having an edge or point that is able to cut or pierce something | tapering to a point or edge | (of sand or gravel) composed of angular ... (27 of 500 words, 30 definitions, 26 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sharp

American Heritage Dictionary:

sharp | sharped [past tense] | sharping [present participle] | sharps [3rd-person singular present] | sharper [comparative] | sharpest [superlative] | Sharp | Phillip Allen Sharp | sharply [adverb, related] | ...

Having a thin edge or a fine point suitable for or capable of cutting or piercing. | Having clear form and detail | Terminating in an edge or a point ... (28 of 339 words, 32 definitions, 18 usage examples, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

sharp | sharply [adverb, related] | sharpness [noun, related]

suitable for use in cutting or piercing; having a very thin edge or fine point; keen | having a point or edge; not rounded or blunt; peaked | not ... (27 of 293 words, 22 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

sharply

suddenly and by a large amount | in a severe way | in a way that makes details or differences easy to see (21 of 81 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sharply

Cambridge Dictionary:

sharply [entry 1]

quickly and suddenly (3 of 24 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sharply 1

sharply [entry 2]

in a way which will cut or make a hole | severely and angrily (13 of 46 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sharply 2

sharply [entry 3]

clearly and obviously (3 of 17 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sharply 3

sharply [entry 4]

in a fashionable way (4 of 14 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sharply 4

sharply [entry 5]

quickly noticing things (3 of 18 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sharply 5

Wiktionary:

sharply

In a sharp manner; pertaining to precision. | Intellectually alert and penetrating. (11 of 35 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sharply

Merriam-Webster:

sharp [entry 1, adjective] | nipping [synonym, sense-specific] | severe [synonym, sense-specific] | stylish [synonym, sense-specific] | quick-witted [synonym, sense-specific] | acute [synonym, sense-specific] | vigilant [synonym, sense-specific] | also [synonym, sense-specific] | unethical [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

adapted to cutting or piercing: as ; having a thin keen edge or fine point ; briskly or bitingly cold; "nipping" | keen in intellect; "quick-witted" ; ... (26 of 470 words, 8 definitions, 18 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sharp

sharp [entry 2, adverb] | exactly [synonym, sense-specific] | due [synonym, sense-specific] | full [synonym, sense-specific] | just [synonym, sense-specific] | precisely [synonym, sense-specific] | right [synonym, sense-specific] | smack-dab [synonym, sense-specific] | squarely [synonym, sense-specific]

in a sharp manner | "exactly" (5 of 46 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

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sharp [entry 3, noun] | ace [synonym] | adept [synonym] | artist [synonym] | authority [synonym] | cognoscente [synonym] | connoisseur [synonym] | crackerjack [synonym] | dab [British, synonym] | ...

one that is sharp: as ; a sharp edge or point ; a musical note or tone one half step higher than a note or tone named ; a character ♯ on a line or ... (35 of 190 words, 1 usage example)

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sharp [entry 4, verb]

to raise (as a musical tone) in pitch ; especially, to raise in pitch by a half step | to sing or play above the proper pitch (26 of 41 words, 2 definitions)

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Random House Dictionary:

sharp | sharper [comparative] | sharpest [superlative] | Sharp | Fiona Macleod [sense-specific] | William Sharp [sense-specific] | Macleod, Fiona [sense-specific] | Sharp, William [sense-specific] | sharps [sense-specific] | ...

having a thin cutting edge or a fine point; well-adapted for cutting or piercing. | terminating in an edge or point; not blunt or rounded. | involving ... (25 of 400 words, 39 definitions, 24 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/sharp

Wikipedia:

Sharp [disambiguation] | SHARP

may refer to: Sharp (surname) | Sharp (flour), a flour made from hard wheat | Sharp (magazine), Canadian magazine | Sharp Daily, a free newspaper published in Taiwan and Hong Kong | SHARP (helmet ratings), a British motorcycle helmet safety rating... (37 of 370 words, 46 definitions)

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Encarta Dictionary:

sharp | sharps [plural] | sharper [comparative] | sharpest [superlative]

having an edge or point that is very acute and able to cut or puncture things | ending in a point or sharp angle | making a change in direction that ... (29 of 383 words, 24 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861727542​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

sharp

First use: 1797

Origin: [adjective] Old English scearp "cutting, keen, sharp", from ... | [noun] "a cheat at games", short for sharper (1681), probably a variant of ... (23 of 120 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=sharp

Wiktionary:

sharp | sharps [plural] | sharped [past tense] | sharping [present participle]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English scearp, from Proto-Germanic *skarpaz (compare West Frisian skerp, Low German scharp, Dutch scherp, German scharf, Danish skarp), from Proto-Indo-European *skerbh ... (25 of 55 etymology words)

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sharply

Origin: sharp + -ly

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-ly

Origin: Middle English -ly, -li, -lich, from Old English -līċ, from Proto-Germanic *-līkaz ("having ... | Old English -līċe. (17 of 42 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ly

New World Dictionary:

sharp

Origin: Middle English from Old English scearp, akin to German scharf, Old Norse skarpr from Indo-European *skerbh- from base ... (18 of 27 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

sharp | sharps | sharped

First use: late 17th century

Origin: Old English scearp, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch scherp and German scharf | sense-specific: from "sharper"; compare with "shark2"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sharp

Collins Dictionary:

sharp | Sharp

Origin: Old English scearp; related to Old Norse skarpr, Old High German scarpf, Old Irish cerb, Lettish skarbs

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sharp

American Heritage Dictionary:

sharp | sharped [past tense] | sharping [present participle] | sharps [3rd-person singular present] | sharper [comparative] | sharpest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English scharp, from Old English scearp; see sker- [entry 1] in Indo-European roots.

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Merriam-Webster:

sharp [entry 1, adjective]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English scearp; akin to Old High German scarf sharp and perhaps to Old English scrapian to scrape

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sharp

Encarta Dictionary:

sharp | sharps [plural] | sharper [comparative] | sharpest [superlative]

Origin: Old English scearp from Indo-European, "to cut"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861727542​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

sharp | sharps [plural] | sharped [past tense] | sharping [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sharp"

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sharply

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Collins Dictionary:

sharp | Sharp

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

sharp | sharper [comparative] | sharpest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "sharp"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sharp

sharp [adverb] | sharper [comparative] | sharpest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "sharp"

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sharp [countable, music, noun] | sharps [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "sharp"

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sharply

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

sharp | sharper [comparative] | sharpest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sharp"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/sharp

sharp [adverb] | sharper [comparative] | sharpest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sharp"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/sharp 47

sharp [countable, music, noun] | sharps [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sharp"

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sharply

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Cambridge Dictionary:

sharp [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "sharp"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "sharp"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sharp 1

sharply [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "sharply"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "sharply"

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the Free Dictionary:

Sharp

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Sharp"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Sharp"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "Sharp" by speech synthesizer

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sharply

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "sharply"

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Google Dictionary:

sharp | sharps [plural] | sharped [past tense] | sharping [present participle] | sharper [comparative] | sharpest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "sharp"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

sharp

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sharp"

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Sharp

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YourDictionary Audio:

sharp

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freedictionary.org:

sharp

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