Definition of sharpish in English:



  • Fairly sharp.

    ‘the sauce has a processed flavour with a sharpish finish’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And of course I moved from that address pretty sharpish, which helped too…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’


  • Quickly; soon.

    ‘I'd slip away sharpish if I were you’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Mmmmmm,’ said I, and changed the subject sharpish.’
    • ‘I'll be returning those overdue library books sharpish.’
    • ‘When I get back I shall have to look for a new job - sharpish.’
    • ‘I nearly overtook somebody for the first time ever, but I left it a little late, so I had to pull back in sharpish.’
    • ‘And not wishing to carry out an equine dental inspection we said yes please and left work pretty sharpish.’
    • ‘But there is a shortage, and they have got to get in sharpish for people with proven records.’
    • ‘We were determined to get moving again fairly sharpish, as the weather was looking like closing in again soon.’
    • ‘Not a long one, admittedly - you're back in Cambridgeshire pretty sharpish.’
    • ‘We left fairly sharpish, but still didn't get home until well gone half seven.’
    • ‘Or put it a third way, so to speak: things had better get better, and sharpish, if we're going to stay chums.’
    • ‘Our starters arrived fairly sharpish and we ripped them apart in hunger.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unless we can think of something sharpish, Bridlington has been consigned to a slow death.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If we want Cumbria agriculture to move forward we've got to get our act together sharpish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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