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Topic: TASTES

Language: Old English
Origin: scearp

sharp

1 adjective
     
sharp1 S3 W2 comparative sharper, superlative sharpest
1

able to cut easily

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.
3

increase/change

a sharp increase, rise, fall etc happens suddenly and is great in amount [= steep]:
a sharp increase in prices
a sharp fall in unemployment
4

difference

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.
5

pain/feelings

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.
6

disapproving

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)
7

intelligent

able to think and understand things very quickly, and not easily deceived [≠ dull, stupid]:
a journalist with an extremely sharp mind
8

keep a sharp eye on somebody

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.
10

sound

CS a sharp sound or cry is loud, short, and sudden:
a sharp cry of pain
a sharp intake of breath
11

taste

CT having a slightly bitter taste [≠ mild]:
sharp cheddar cheese
Add mustard to give the dressing a sharper taste.
12

clothes

attractive and fashionable [= smart British English]
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.
14

image/picture

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.
15

good at noticing things

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

APM a musical note that is sharp has been raised by one semitone from the note F, D, C etc
b) APM 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

British English 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 something)

British English informal to experience the worst effects of something:
We were always on the sharp end of clients' complaints.
sharpness noun [uncountable]
sharply
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