Definition of sharpish in English:

sharpish

adjective

informal
  • Fairly sharp.

    ‘the sauce has a processed flavour with a sharpish finish’
    • ‘The idea is that with these souped up IQ tests, our perplexed universities, confronted by tides of sixth formers all with A grade A-levels, will be able to winnow out the very bright from the merely sharpish.’
    • ‘I can't imagine coming at him with that sharpish, pointy thing.’
    • ‘I'll know about the Sussex job in couple of weeks and if I don't get that then I'll have to find something else sharpish.’
    • ‘And of course I moved from that address pretty sharpish, which helped too…’
    • ‘But it was a problem that needed addressing, and sharpish, if his impeccable reputation as one of the world's greatest ever sportsmen was to remain intact.’
    • ‘I write short, sharpish comments which are always linked to the original material and also provide odd alleyways for the interested to meander off into.’

adverb

British
informal
  • Quickly; soon.

    ‘I'd slip away sharpish if I were you’
    • ‘One thing is for sure, if said gift is not delivered sharpish on Monday and with profuse apologies, the very nice operator at the call centre will be receiving a somewhat less than very nice call from yours truly.’
    • ‘We were determined to get moving again fairly sharpish, as the weather was looking like closing in again soon.’
    • ‘Okay, so the van was wider than I was used to, which did involve hitting the kerb again going through Stickford, but straying onto the oncoming lane a little was okay as people tended to get out my way rather sharpish.’
    • ‘We left fairly sharpish, but still didn't get home until well gone half seven.’
    • ‘Anyone seeking any kind of assistance in making it over to Hungary for the only festival of jazz I know that is held in a vineyard should get in touch pretty sharpish.’
    • ‘Or put it a third way, so to speak: things had better get better, and sharpish, if we're going to stay chums.’
    • ‘I nearly overtook somebody for the first time ever, but I left it a little late, so I had to pull back in sharpish.’
    • ‘I do, however, need to get rid of it pretty sharpish otherwise things could get rather messy: I seem to collect mortgages like some people collect novelty teapots.’
    • ‘‘Mmmmmm,’ said I, and changed the subject sharpish.’
    • ‘Our starters arrived fairly sharpish and we ripped them apart in hunger.’
    • ‘Not a long one, admittedly - you're back in Cambridgeshire pretty sharpish.’
    • ‘When I get back I shall have to look for a new job - sharpish.’
    • ‘Likewise you knew when you woke up today that it was Monday and that you'd better get up sharpish because you were expected back at work this morning.’
    • ‘And not wishing to carry out an equine dental inspection we said yes please and left work pretty sharpish.’
    • ‘Unless we can think of something sharpish, Bridlington has been consigned to a slow death.’
    • ‘Frankly, if those nasty little cliques are all that's on offer on the parenting front, I can't blame anyone for wanting to hotfoot it back to the office, sharpish.’
    • ‘I assumed that I would be bowled out of that fairly sharpish, as presumably all the best players would have made it through.’
    • ‘I'll be returning those overdue library books sharpish.’
    • ‘If we want Cumbria agriculture to move forward we've got to get our act together sharpish.’
    • ‘But there is a shortage, and they have got to get in sharpish for people with proven records.’
    soon, very soon, in a second, in a minute, in a moment, in a trice, in a flash, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in no time, in less than no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long, shortly, in a very short time, any second, any second now, any minute, any minute now
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Pronunciation

sharpish

/ˈʃɑːpɪʃ/