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
Scottish, Northern English 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
Australian, New Zealand 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