Synonyms of 'sharp'
having a keen cutting edge◾Using a sharp knife, cut away the pith and peel from both fruits.
tapering to an edge or point◾sharp-toed cowboy boots
quick to notice or understand things◾He is very sharp and swift with repartee.
He is quick-witted and rarely lets an opportunity slip by.
My sister has always been the clever one in our family.
He made a series of astute business decisions.
His relaxed exterior hides an extremely acute mind.
I didn't have a ready answer for this dilemma.
The older adults are not as quick in their thinking.
I was convinced that he was brighter than average.
His grandfather is still alert at 93.
a penetrating mind
She was never a very apt student.
tailor-made holidays to suit the more discerning traveller
on the ball (informal)
a very perceptive critique of Wordsworth
An observant doctor can detect depression from expression and posture.
bitter or harsh◾‘Don't criticize your mother,’ was his sharp reprimand.
People make cutting remarks to help themselves feel superior to others.
This was the most biting criticism made against her.
The team has suffered severe criticism from influential figures.
She is said to be very bitter about the way she was sacked.
He said many harsh and unkind things.
He then launched a scathing attack on previous leaders.
The acrimonious debate on the agenda ended indecisively.
She poked fun at people's shortcomings with sarcastic remarks.
a sardonic sense of humour
He was well known for his abrasive wit and caustic comments.
There was a vicious and vitriolic attack on him in the tabloids.
He was shattered by the trenchant criticism.
He describes the situation with mordant wit.
involving a sudden change in direction◾There's been a sharp rise in the rate of inflation.
clearly defined◾All the footmarks are quite sharp and clear.
He repeated his answer in a clear, firm voice.
There was a distinct change in her attitude.
having a bitter or sour taste◾a colourless, almost odourless liquid with a sharp, sweetish taste
The stewed apple was sour even with honey.
a slightly tart wine
The more herbs you use, the more pungent the sauce will be.
He loved hot curries.
These wines are rather hard, and somewhat acid.
The leaves taste rather bitter.
smoked salmon, tangy cheeses and oysters
If the sprouts taste acidic, do not eat them.
The room filled with the acrid smell of tobacco.
a mixed salad with a piquant dressing
(of pain or cold) acute or biting◾The wind was not as sharp and cruel as it had been.
It was bitterly cold outside.
a raw, biting northerly wind
a keen eye for detail
a night in the bitter cold
a raw December morning
A chill wind was blowing.
The weather grew harsh and unpredictable.
a piercing wind
A raw, penetrating wind was blowing in off the plain.
An icy wind blew across the moor.
The breeze was cool, brisk and invigorating.
It was a chilly afternoon.
The air from the sea felt glacial.
neat and stylish◾Now politics is all about the right haircut and a sharp suit.
a very attractive and stylish woman of 27
I was dressed in a smart navy-blue suit.
It became fashionable to eat certain foods.
a trendy London nightclub
Her gown was French and very chic.
the chic place to be seen around town
Her parents lived in Rome's classy Monte Mario quarter.
snappy sports jackets
He was a natty dresser.
a natty pin-stripe suit
I go to work in quite dressy clothes
schmick (Australian, informal)
the city's schmick new restaurant
(of pain or cold) acute or biting◾I felt a sharp pain in my lower back.
His back is arched as if in acute pain.
He had violent stomach pains.
He woke up blinded and in severe pain.
He was sweating from the intense heat.
Her glands were swollen and painful.
the distressing symptoms of anxiety
He was struck by a stabbing pain in his midriff.
Two climbers were trapped by a fierce storm.
I felt a piercing pain in my abdomen.
The prime minister is in sore need of friends.
I was in excruciating pain.
involving a sudden change in direction◾There could be a sharp drop at the entrance to the cave.
clever in an underhand way
He's a cunning, devious, good-for-nothing so-and-so.
He is devious and very fly.
She's a shrewd businesswoman.
a shrewd guess
She is devious, sly and manipulative.
He had become rich by dishonest means.
He is an experienced and wily old statesman.
That crafty old devil had taken us all for a ride.
the smiles and artifices of a subtly artful woman
exactly◾She planned to unlock the store at 8.00 sharp.
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