Synonyms of sharp in English:

sharp


See definition of sharp

adjective

1‘you will need a very sharp knife’

SYNONYMS

keen, sharp-edged, razor-sharp, razor-edged

sharpened, honed, whetted

serrated, knife-like, cutting, edged

rare acute

ANTONYMS

blunt

2‘he winced as a sharp pain shot through his left leg’

SYNONYMS

excruciating, agonizing, intense, violent, piercing, stabbing, shooting, stinging, severe, acute, keen, fierce, searing

exquisite

3‘Danish Blue has a distinctively sharp taste’

SYNONYMS

tangy, piquant, strong

acidic, acid, acidy, sour, tart, vinegary, pungent, bitter

North American acerb

rare acidulous, acetic, acetous

ANTONYMS

mild, mellow, bland

4‘the air still had a sharp sooty smell’

SYNONYMS

acrid, burning, pungent

ANTONYMS

sweet

5‘Isabel couldn't repress a sharp cry of pain’

SYNONYMS

loud, piercing, shrill, high-pitched, high, penetrating, harsh, strident

ear-splitting, deafening, thunderous, booming, head-splitting

ANTONYMS

quiet, soft

6‘it was growing dark and a sharp wind was blowing off the sea’

SYNONYMS

cold, chilly, chill, brisk, keen, piercing, penetrating, biting, cutting, icy, bitter, freezing, glacial, raw, harsh

informal nippy

British informal parky

ANTONYMS

warm, balmy

7‘some sharp words were exchanged’

SYNONYMS

harsh, bitter, hard, cutting, scathing, caustic, biting, barbed, trenchant, mordant, acrimonious, acerbic, tart, acid, sarcastic, sardonic, ill-tempered, spiteful, venomous, malicious, vitriolic, vicious, hurtful, nasty, unkind, severe, cruel, wounding, abusive

curt, brusque, abrasive

North American acerb

informal bitchy, catty

rare mordacious, acidulous

ANTONYMS

kind, amicable

8‘she was achingly aware of a sharp sense of loss’

SYNONYMS

intense, acute, keen, strong, bitter, fierce, searing, piercing, heartfelt, very great, overpowering

9‘her face was thin and her nose sharp’

SYNONYMS

pointed, tapering, tapered, needle-like, spiky

informal pointy

technical acicular, lanceolate, acuminate, subulate, mucronate, aculeate

rare cuspidate, cusped, conoid

ANTONYMS

rounded

10‘the lens brings the rays of all the different colours into sharp focus’

SYNONYMS

distinct, clear-cut, clear, well defined, well focused, crisp

stark

obvious, marked, definite, pronounced, evident, manifest

ANTONYMS

blurred, indistinct

11‘a sharp increase in interest rates’

SYNONYMS

sudden, abrupt, rapid

steep, precipitous, precipitate

ANTONYMS

gradual

12‘a large articulated lorry was turning the sharp corner’

SYNONYMS

hairpin, tight, angular

13‘Moore set off at a sharp pace’

SYNONYMS

brisk, rapid, quick, fast, smart, swift, speedy, vigorous, spirited, lively

informal snappy

ANTONYMS

slow

14‘the edge of the gully had a very sharp drop’

SYNONYMS

steep, sheer, abrupt, precipitous, vertical, vertiginous

rare acclivitous, declivitous

ANTONYMS

gentle, gradual

15‘his sharp eyes had seen a figure moving in the darkness’

SYNONYMS

keen, perceptive, observant, acute, sharp-sighted, beady, hawklike

ANTONYMS

weak

16‘his mind was as sharp as it had ever been’

SYNONYMS

perceptive, discerning, percipient, perspicacious, penetrative, piercing, penetrating, discriminating, sensitive, incisive, keen, keen-witted, acute, sharp-witted, quick, quick-witted, clever, shrewd, astute, intelligent, intuitive, bright, agile, nimble, nimble-witted, alert, quick off the mark, ready, apt, fine, finely honed, rapier-like, probing, searching, insightful, knowing

informal smart, on the ball, quick on the uptake, not missing a trick, savvy, with all one's wits about one, downy, genius

British informal suss, knowing how many beans make five

Northern English Scottish informal pawky

North American informal cute, heads-up, whip-smart

rare long-headed, argute

ANTONYMS

slow, dull, stupid

17‘it sounds as if he's a sharp operator’

SYNONYMS

clever, shrewd, canny, smart

cunning, wily, crafty, artful, guileful, unscrupulous, dishonest

informal slick

British informal fly

ANTONYMS

naive, ingenuous

18‘they were greeted by a young man in a sharp suit’

SYNONYMS

smart, stylish, fashionable, chic, modish, elegant, spruce

informal trendy, cool, snazzy, classy, flash, snappy, natty, nifty, dressy

North American informal kicking, kicky, tony, fly, spiffy, sassy, stylin'

archaic trig

ANTONYMS

shabby, scruffy


adverb

1‘I'll pick you up at nine o'clock sharp’

SYNONYMS

precisely, exactly, on the dot

promptly, prompt, punctually, dead on, on the stroke of …

North American informal on the button, on the nose

NZ Australian informal on the knocker

ANTONYMS

approximately, roughly

2‘the world stock market hiccup of October 1987 pulled people up sharp’

SYNONYMS

abruptly, suddenly, sharply, all of a sudden, unexpectedly, without warning


Phrases

    sharp practice

      ‘spin has become associated with sharp practice and associated in the public mind with sleaze’

      SYNONYMS

      trickery, chicanery, deception, deceit, deceitfulness, duplicity, dishonesty, unscrupulousness, underhandedness, subterfuge, fraud, fraudulence, legerdemain, sophistry, skulduggery, swindling, cheating, duping, hoodwinking

      deviousness, guile, intrigue, craft, craftiness, artfulness, slyness, wiles

      misleading talk

      informal

      crookedness, monkey business, funny business, hanky-panky, shenanigans, flimflam

      British informal

      jiggery-pokery

      North American informal

      monkeyshines

      Irish informal

      codology

      archaic

      management, knavery