sharp1 S3 W2 comparative sharper, superlative sharpest
having a very thin edge or point that can cut things easily [≠ blunt]:
able to cut easily
Make sure you use a good sharp knife.
Its teeth are razor sharp (=very sharp).
a sharp turn or bend changes direction suddenly:
We came to a sharp bend in the road.
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.
somebody 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]:
a journalist with an extremely sharp mind
to watch someone very carefully, especially because you do not trust them:
Keep a sharp eye on the kids at all times!
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
having a slightly bitter taste [≠ mild]:
sharp cheddar cheese
Add mustard to give the dressing a sharper taste.
attractive and fashionable [= smart British English]
Tod looked really sharp in his tux.
a sharp suit
not rounded or curved:
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
good at noticing things
sharp eye for detail (=the ability to notice and deal with details)
a musical note that is sharp has been raised by one semitone from the note F, D, C etc
a very cold wind or a severe frost:
A sharp wind blew across the lake.
18 British English
behaviour, especially in business, that is dishonest but not illegal:
He's been guilty of sharp practice in the past.
19 British English informal
to experience the worst effects of something:
We were always on the sharp end of clients' complaints.
—sharpness noun [uncountable]➔ sharply