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Synonyms for sharp

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sharp(noun)

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

    deadened, dulled, gradual, indistinct, flat, low, stupid, pleasant, unpointed, blunt, forceless, low-pitched, unsharpened, unperceiving, dull, pointless, edgeless, unperceptive, blunted, natural, unforceful

  2. sharp(adj)

    a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point

    stupid, gradual, blunt, low, indistinct, low-pitched, unperceiving, pleasant, dull, flat, natural, deadened, blunted, unsharpened, unforceful, forceless, unpointed, dulled, unperceptive, pointless, edgeless

  3. crisp, sharp(adj)

    (of something seen or heard) clearly defined

    "a sharp photographic image"; "the sharp crack of a twig"; "the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot"

    abrupt, nipping, astute, crispy, sharp-worded, incisive, shrill, kinky, penetrative, laconic, shrewd, snappy, crisp, terse, keen, curt, knifelike, needlelike, precipitous, discriminating, tart, acuate, acute, frizzly, frizzy, piercing, penetrating, nippy, frosty, nappy

    edgeless, dull, gradual, stupid, unsharpened, unperceiving, blunted, deadened, natural, indistinct, pleasant, forceless, dulled, unpointed, pointless, low, low-pitched, flat, unperceptive, blunt, unforceful

  4. acuate, acute, sharp, needlelike(adj)

    ending in a sharp point

    abrupt, shrill, astute, incisive, shrewd, knifelike, crisp, keen, needlelike, precipitous, discriminating, tart, sharp-worded, acute, acuate, penetrating, piercing, intense, penetrative

    blunt, natural, indistinct, unforceful, pleasant, deadened, unpointed, forceless, flat, low-pitched, stupid, gradual, edgeless, pointless, dulled, dull, low, unperceptive, blunted, unsharpened, unperceiving

  5. acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp(adj)

    having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

    "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations"

    intense, penetrative, discriminating, shrill, neat, shrewd, lancinating, nifty, sharp-worded, not bad(p), bang-up, astute, incisive, acuate, dandy, tart, smashing, cutting, bully, precipitous, needlelike, slap-up, abrupt, keen, lancinate, knifelike, corking, exquisite, groovy, great, acute, piercing, penetrating, swell, cracking, crisp, stabbing, peachy

    flat, dull, unsharpened, unpointed, unforceful, dulled, pleasant, deadened, blunt, low-pitched, natural, low, pointless, forceless, gradual, unperceptive, edgeless, stupid, indistinct, blunted, unperceiving

  6. astute, sharp, shrewd(adj)

    marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

    "a smart businessman"; "an astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease"; "he was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow"

    abrupt, shrill, astute, incisive, conniving, shrewd, knifelike, crisp, keen, calculating, scheming, needlelike, precipitous, discriminating, tart, sharp-worded, acute, calculative, acuate, penetrating, piercing, penetrative

    edgeless, stupid, flat, unforceful, dulled, blunted, pleasant, low-pitched, unperceptive, dull, unsharpened, unpointed, forceless, pointless, low, unperceiving, deadened, indistinct, natural, blunt, gradual

  7. sharp, sharp-worded, tart(adj)


    "sharp criticism"; "a sharp-worded exchange"; "a tart remark"

    abrupt, shrill, astute, tangy, incisive, lemony, lemonlike, shrewd, knifelike, crisp, keen, needlelike, precipitous, discriminating, tart, sharp-worded, acute, acuate, penetrating, piercing, sourish, penetrative

    blunt, gradual, natural, pleasant, forceless, dulled, stupid, blunted, flat, dull, edgeless, pointless, deadened, low, unsharpened, low-pitched, unperceptive, unperceiving, unpointed, indistinct, unforceful

  8. shrill, sharp(adj)

    having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones

    "a shrill whistle"; "a shrill gaiety"

    abrupt, shrill, astute, incisive, shrewd, knifelike, crisp, keen, needlelike, strident, discriminating, tart, sharp-worded, precipitous, acute, acuate, penetrating, piercing, penetrative

    low, unpointed, edgeless, blunt, low-pitched, natural, unforceful, pleasant, dulled, dull, pointless, unperceiving, gradual, stupid, blunted, unsharpened, flat, unperceptive, forceless, deadened, indistinct

  9. abrupt, precipitous, sharp(adj)

    extremely steep

    "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop"

    abrupt, overhasty, needlelike, incisive, precipitous, knifelike, precipitate, crisp, sharp-worded, keen, disconnected, precipitant, discriminating, tart, acuate, astute, acute, shrill, hasty, penetrating, piercing, shrewd, penetrative

    forceless, dull, stupid, gradual, unperceiving, unpointed, pleasant, blunt, low-pitched, flat, dulled, natural, blunted, pointless, unsharpened, unforceful, unperceptive, indistinct, low, deadened, edgeless

  10. sharp(adj)

    keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point

    "a sharp pain"; "sharp winds"

    abrupt, shrill, astute, incisive, shrewd, knifelike, crisp, keen, needlelike, precipitous, discriminating, tart, sharp-worded, acute, acuate, penetrating, piercing, penetrative

    unperceiving, stupid, gradual, dull, low-pitched, blunt, low, blunted, deadened, pointless, unperceptive, dulled, edgeless, flat, indistinct, pleasant, forceless, unsharpened, unpointed, unforceful, natural

  11. sharp(adj)

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

    "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point"

    abrupt, shrill, astute, incisive, shrewd, knifelike, crisp, keen, needlelike, precipitous, discriminating, tart, sharp-worded, acute, acuate, penetrating, piercing, penetrative

    pointless, unperceiving, flat, gradual, deadened, forceless, low, unsharpened, pleasant, stupid, unpointed, unperceptive, dull, edgeless, low-pitched, natural, blunt, unforceful, dulled, indistinct, blunted

  12. sharp(adj)

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

    "C sharp"

    abrupt, shrill, astute, incisive, shrewd, knifelike, crisp, keen, needlelike, precipitous, discriminating, tart, sharp-worded, acute, acuate, penetrating, piercing, penetrative

    pointless, blunt, blunted, unsharpened, forceless, dull, gradual, indistinct, unpointed, low, flat, edgeless, unperceiving, unforceful, low-pitched, stupid, natural, dulled, unperceptive, deadened, pleasant

  13. sharp(adj)

    very sudden and in great amount or degree

    "a sharp drop in the stock market"

    abrupt, shrill, astute, incisive, shrewd, knifelike, crisp, keen, needlelike, precipitous, discriminating, tart, sharp-worded, acute, acuate, penetrating, piercing, penetrative

    pleasant, dull, stupid, deadened, gradual, unforceful, flat, pointless, natural, indistinct, unperceptive, low-pitched, unpointed, blunted, edgeless, low, dulled, unperceiving, unsharpened, blunt, forceless

  14. sharp(adverb)

    quick and forceful

    "a sharp blow"

    abrupt, shrill, astute, incisive, shrewd, knifelike, crisp, keen, needlelike, precipitous, discriminating, tart, sharp-worded, acute, acuate, penetrating, piercing, penetrative

    blunted, pleasant, gradual, unforceful, dull, dulled, natural, low-pitched, edgeless, forceless, unperceiving, deadened, flat, blunt, pointless, unperceptive, unsharpened, stupid, indistinct, low, unpointed

  15. sharply, sharp, acutely(adverb)

    changing suddenly in direction and degree

    "the road twists sharply after the light"; "turn sharp left here"; "the visor was acutely peaked"; "her shoes had acutely pointed toes"

    shrewdly, aggressively, astutely, precipitously, sagaciously, sharply, acutely, crisply, sapiently

    unsharpened, gradual, forceless, low, unperceptive, dull, low-pitched, edgeless, unpointed, pleasant, deadened, unforceful, blunted, indistinct, natural, pointless, blunt, dulled, flat, unperceiving, stupid


  1. sharp(adjective)

    Offensive, critical, or acrimonious, as sharp criticism.

    When the two rivals met, first there were sharp words, and then a fight broke out.

    cutting, harsh, acrimonious, nasty, bitter, hostile

    nice, friendly, flattering, complimentary, kind

  2. sharp(adjective)

    Stylish or attractive.

    You look so sharp in that tuxedo!

    stylish, smart, chic, elegant

    scruffy, shabby, inelegant

  3. sharp(adverb)

    Observant; alert; acute.

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

    alert, observant, sharp-eyed, acute, keen


  4. sharp(adjective)

    Able to cut easily.

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

    exactly, on the dot, precisely, razor-sharp, keen, razor

    blunt, dull

  5. sharp(adjective)


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

    bright, keen, intelligent, witty, smart, brainy

    slow-witted, slow, thick, dim, dim-witted

  6. sharp(noun)

    Able to pierce easily; pointed.

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



  7. sharp(noun)

    Higher than usual by one semitone (denoted by the symbol \u266F after the name of the note).

    Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata is written in C\u266F minor (C sharp minor.)


  8. sharp(adjective)

    Higher in pitch than required.

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


  9. sharp(adjective)

    Having an intense, acrid flavour.

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

    acrid, pungent

    insipid, tasteless, bland

  10. sharp(adjective)

    sudden and intense.

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

    acute, abrupt, stabbing


  11. sharp(adjective)

    Illegal or dishonest.

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

    dodgy, illicit, illegal, underhand, dishonest

    reputable, honest, legitimate, above-board, legit

  12. sharp(adjective)

    Exact, precise, accurate; keen.

    You'll need sharp aim to make that shot.

    keen, accurate, precise, exact

    imprecise, inaccurate

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sharp

    Acute, from the Latin, suggests the sharpness of the needle's point; keen, from the Saxon, the sharpness of the cutting edge. Astute, from the Latin, with the original sense of cunning has come to have a meaning that combines the sense of acute or keen with that of sagacious. The astute mind adds to acuteness and keenness an element of cunning or finesse. The astute debater leads his opponents into a snare by getting them to make admissions, or urge arguments, of which he sees a result that they do not perceive. The acute, keen intellect may take no special advantage of these qualities; the astute mind has always a point to make for itself, and seldom fails to make it. A knowing look, air, etc., in general indicates practical knowledge with a touch of shrewdness, and perhaps of cunning; in regard to some special matter, it indicates the possession of reserved knowledge which the person could impart if he chose. Knowing has often a slightly invidious sense. We speak of a knowing rascal, meaning cunning or shrewd within a narrow range, but of a knowing horse or dog, in the sense of sagacious, implying that he knows more than could be expected of such an animal. A knowing child has more knowledge than would be looked for at his years, perhaps more than is quite desirable, while to speak of a child as intelligent is altogether complimentary.

    acute, astute, clear-sighted, crafty, cunning, discerning, discriminating, keen, knowing, penetrating, penetrative, perspicacious, sagacious, shrewd, subtile, subtle

    blind, dull, idiotic, imbecile, shallow, short-sighted, stolid, stupid, undiscerning, unintelligent

Editors Contribution

  1. well dressed

    the man looked sharp in his crisp black suit

    Submitted by anonymous on December 16, 2019  

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  1. SHARP

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How to use sharp in a sentence?

  1. Vishnu Varathan:

    But the ability for manufacturers to continue to accelerate, or to maintain sharp surges in production, is in question given underlying demand, apart from some bright spots, doesn’t seem to have permeated more widely across the different sectors.

  2. American Chris Kirk:

    I was really happy with the way I played today. I definitely hit my driver a lot better than I have the last couple days, and then the rest of my game was still pretty sharp.

  3. Anna Faye McLeod:

    What is so fascinating about these images is that they might not be as sharp as those obtained with Hubble, but each single pixel in the image also comes with a spectrum across pretty much the entire visible wavelength range.

  4. Washington Irving:

    A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.

  5. Ilham Aliyev:

    The sharp depreciation of currencies in neighbouring countries started to affect us. At the same time, the declining oil price also affected our revenues negatively.

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  • حادArabic
  • башлы, аҡыллы, зирәк, үткерBashkir
  • во́стрыBelarusian
  • остърBulgarian
  • esmolatCatalan, Valencian
  • bystrý, ostrý, -is, přesný, s křížkem, křížek, přesněCzech
  • spids, skarpDanish
  • scharf, -is, stechend, hoch, spitz, scharfsinning, ErhöhungszeichenGerman
  • απατεώνας, κοφτερός, έντονος, αψύς, οξύνους, έξυπνος, δίεση, οξύς, αιχμηρός, οξυδερκής, ακριβώςGreek
  • akra, intensa, diesa, inteligenta, saĝa, diesoEsperanto
  • listo, afilado, agudo, filoso, agrio, sostenido, certero, en puntoSpanish
  • تیز, تند, تیزهوشPersian
  • huijari, tyylikäs, tarkka, kirpeä, vihlova, -is, terävä, kipakka, täsmällinen, ylävireinen, korotettu, korotusmerkki, pistävä, terävä-älyinen, teräesine, lurjus, korkea, tasanFinnish
  • hvassurFaroese
  • acéré, intense, âcre, âpre, coupant, vif, aigu, pointu, dièse, affilé, chic, affuté, effilé, tranchant, pile, net, serré, classe, mordant, acerbe, précisFrench
  • géarIrish
  • searbh, geur, sgaiteach, biorach, deas, guineach, rinn-gheurScottish Gaelic
  • तेज़Hindi
  • élesHungarian
  • սուր, սրամիտArmenian
  • tajamIndonesian
  • akutaIdo
  • intenso, acre, tagliente, esatto, attento, preciso, forte, losco, diesis, diesare, appuntito, intelligente, affilato, acutoItalian
  • חַדHebrew
  • するどい, シャープJapanese
  • მახვილი, დიეზიGeorgian
  • 날카로운Korean
  • تیژKurdish
  • acer, acutus, acriLatin
  • ass, asaLatvian
  • остарMacedonian
  • puntig, scherpzinnig, kruis, scherp, straf, gepunt, hoog, bijtend, stekend, snerend, acuut, sterkDutch
  • skarp, smart, -iss, spissNorwegian
  • deeníNavajo, Navaho
  • agusatOccitan
  • ostryPolish
  • inteligente, ponta, aguçado, agudo, pontudo, injusto, esperto, afiado, pontiagudo, fechado, velhaco, atento, trapaceiro, acre, sustenido, estiloso, em pontoPortuguese
  • ascuțit, diezRomanian
  • тёмный, о́стрый, шулер, смышлёный, сомни́тельный, е́дкий, -дие́з, сообрази́тельный, сметли́вый, ре́зкий, диез, то́чный, остроу́мный, ровноRussian
  • оштар, oštar, povisilicaSerbo-Croatian
  • ostrýSlovak
  • osterSlovene
  • skarp, korsförtecken, -iss, klyftig, vass, skarpsinnigSwedish
  • கூரானTamil
  • పదునైనTelugu
  • คมThai
  • diyez, keskin, tiz, sivriTurkish
  • гострийUkrainian
  • nhọnVietnamese
  • côpant, awijhîWalloon
  • 尖銳Chinese

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