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Sharp, adj. 1) keen, having a very thin edge or fine point: Ven. 663. Ven. 663 Lucr. 543. Lucr. 543 Pilgr. 134. Tp. IV, 180. V, 138. Meas. II, 2, 115. All's III, 4, 18. IV, 4, 33. Wint. II, 3, 86 (cf. Cymb. III, 4, 36). John IV, 3, 82. R2 I, 2, 9. H6A I, 1, 117. II, 4, 70. H6B III, 1, 347. H8 I, 1, 110. II, 4, 224. Tit. IV, 2, 91. Lr. II, 1, 40. Ant. V, 2, 307. Cymb. III, 4, 36 (cf. Wint. II, 3, 86). Per. IV Prol. 23. IV, 2, 159.
2) very thin, lean: “his nose was as s. as a pen,” H5 II, 3, 17. “strike their s. shins and mar men's spurring,” Tim. IV, 3, 152. “till the diminution of space had pointed him s. as my needle,” Cymb. I, 3, 19.
3) pinching, biting, rough: “s. air,” Ven. 1085. “the s. wind of the north,” Tp. I, 2, 254. thy (the sky's) “sting is not so s.” As II, 7, 188.
4) acrid, acid, bitter: “it is a most s. sauce,” Rom. II, 4, 84. “s. physic is the last,” Per. I, 1, 72. cf. “some joy too fine, tuned too s. in sweetness,” Troil. III, 2, 25.
5) keen, pungent, sarcastic, acrimonious: “what he gets more of her than s. words,” Wiv. II, 1, 191. “these s. mocks,” LLL V, 2, 251. “thrust thy s. wit quite through my ignorance,” LLL V, 2, 251 “s. Buckingham unburthens with his tongue the envious load that lies upon his heart,” H6B III, 1, 156. thy woes will make them (thy words) “s.” R3 IV, 4, 125.
6) harsh, severe, afflicting, painful: “to keep thy s. woes waking,” Lucr. 1136. “in sorrow's s. sustaining,” Lucr. 1136 “a groan, more s. to me than spurring to his side,” Sonn. 50, 12. “to that place the s. Athenian law cannot pursue us,” Mids. I, 1, 162. “the --est death,” Wint. IV, 4, 809. “bend your --est deeds of malice on this town,” John II, 380. “shall feel this day as s. to them as thorn,” R2 IV, 323. “I feel such s. dissension in my breast,” H6A V, 5, 84. “this one bloody trial of s. war,” R3 V, 2, 16. “give me up to the --est kind of justice,” H8 II, 4, 44. “whet his anger at him; s. enough,” III, 2, 92. “you are a little too s.” V, 3, 74. “our s. wars are ended,” Troil. V, 9, 10. “opportunity of s. revenge,” Tit. I, 137. “we'll be as s. with you,” Tit. I, 137 “s. misery had worn him to the bones,” Rom. V, 1, 41. “--er than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child,” Lr. I, 4, 310. “necessity's s. pinch,” II, 4, 214. “do not please s. fate to grace it with your sorrows,” Ant. IV, 14, 135. “there cannot be a pinch in death more s.” Cymb. I, 1, 131. you that have a --er (life) “known,” III, 3, 31. “forbear s. speeches to her,” III, 5, 39. “we'll enforce it from thee by a s. torture,” IV, 3, 12. “I wait the --est blow,” Per. I, 1, 55.
7) eager, keen: “an empty eagle, s. by fast,” Ven. 55. “s. hunger by the conquest satisfied,” Lucr. 422. “blunt the --est intents,” Sonn. 115, 7. “you are not s. enough,” Gent. III, 2, 67. “fit thy consent to my s. appetite,” Meas. II, 4, 161. “how fiery and how s. he looks,” Err. IV, 4, 53. “thy s. envy,” Merch. IV, 1, 126. “my falcon now is s. and passing empty,” Shr. IV, 1, 193. “roared with s. constraint of hunger,” All's III, 2, 121. “goaded with most s. occasions,” V, 1, 14. “my desire, more s. than filed steel,” Tw. III, 3, 5. “with spirit of honour edged more --er than your swords,” H5 III, 5, 39. “let him greet England with our s. defiance,” H5 III, 5, 39 “though you bite so s. at reasons,” Troil. II, 2, 33. “his great love, s. as his spur,” Mcb. I, 6, 23. “though inclination be as s. as will,” Hml. III, 3, 39. “so s. are hunger's teeth,” Per. I, 4, 45.
8) subtle, witty, nice, acute: “voluble and s. discourse,” Err. II, 1, 92. “a good s. fellow,” Ado I, 2, 19. “a s. wit matched with too blunt a will,” LLL II, 49 (cf. V, 2, 398). “your reasons have been s. and sententious,” LLL V, 1, 3. “these nice s. quillets of the law,” H6A II, 4, 17. “alleged many s. reasons,” H8 II, 1, 14.
9) shrill: it (this tune) “is too s.” Gent. I, 2, 91. cf. Troil. III, 2, 25.
Adverbially: Err. IV, 4, 53. H5 III, 5, 39. H8 III, 2, 92. Troil. II, 2, 33. see above.
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