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Sharp-witted

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Sharp-witted Having an acute or nicely discerning mind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sharp-witted Having an acute mind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sharp-witted having an acute wit
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scearp; Ice. skarpr, Gr. scharf.

Usage

In literature:

Oh, Ingle, I wish I had your sharp wits.
"A Dash from Diamond City" by George Manville Fenn
Shew you haue quick wits in sharpe conceit of compassion.
"The Unfortunate Traveller, or The Life Of Jack Wilton" by Thomas Nash
Billy Blueblazes, who had got a sharp pair of eyes, whatever might be said about his wits, had one evening accompanied Desmond.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
Oh, quit The sharp encounter with my child's keen wit.
"Turandot: The Chinese Sphinx" by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
The sharp little sound brought my wits back to me.
"The La Chance Mine Mystery" by Susan Carleton Jones
The ladies of the Princess's train all talk exactly alike, with sharp feminine wit, infinitely swift in thrust.
"William Shakespeare" by John Masefield
Ye're too sharp in the wits, an' I don't mind tellin' ye; it's all charity, Miss Amy.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
Yet it serves to show the close observation of these sharp-witted fellows.
"The Canterbury Puzzles" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
The general belief was that Dryden would take the field; and all the wits anticipated a sharp contest between two well-paired combatants.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
He had risen and gone on his way, but not before witnessing Cleek's obeisance, and flashing upon him a sharp, searching look.
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
He was sharp-witted by nature, and years of suffering and forced inaction had made him more thoughtful than most boys of his age.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
After a bare glance, this sharp witted girl had hit on exactly what I'd thought of the Clayte description.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
The sharp-eyed villagers had witnessed the interview with suspicions lulled.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
I never knew a man so wine-sodden and so sharp-witted.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
It's been a long time since I've seen anybody on the witness-stand as shrewd and sharp as that Newbolt boy.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
They are not only good girls, but they have very sharp wits.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
He was very fond of Mrs. Carlyle, her sharp wit amusing him, and her appreciation of his own work flattering him.
"Home Life of Great Authors" by Hattie Tyng Griswold
A sharp walk through the Strand and across Trafalgar Square did a good deal toward restoring the poise of her wits.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
The quick wits of the newsboy, trained to acute sharpness in the school of the streets, peculiarly fitted him to take command of the situation.
"The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp" by Thornton W. Burgess
A Few Pointed Lines Written by Sharp-Witted People Have Been Effective in Taking the Conceit Out of Their Correspondents.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 6" by Various
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In poetry:

Among her chiefs who spun their plots,
Old Kraken stood the sword:
As sharp his wits for cutting knots
Of babble he abhorred.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Where his sharp wits go
Occasions grow,
The blind see meadows
Of waving corn; Men mazed with talking Find lost hopes walking When he conjures roses
Out of a thorn.
"Humor" by Laura Benet

In news:

San Francisco resident Ian Bavitz, better known as Aesop Rock, is a hip-hop maverick with a quick tongue and sharp wit.
Easy communication and a sharp wit may be the foundations for good improv, but if you want to see what a troupe is really made of, take a look at how they handle a shaky premise.
In nearly a quarter century studying humpback whales, researcher Fred Sharpe has witnessed a remarkable recovery.
Howard Stern, annoyed by Howie Mandel 's questionable call on Tuesday's America's Got Talent, turned his razor-sharp wit on his fellow judge, and RadarOnline.com has the hilarious clip.
The wicked wit of Seth MacFarlane turns 'Ted' into a comedy with sharp claws.
Often derided as an inattentive national grandfather, Eisenhower emerges as a subtle, sharp-witted master statesman in this probing study of his foreign and security policies.
Elliot, 86: Sharp-witted model, TV director.
'A Thousand Words' review: Gimmicky comedy lacks both sharpness and wit.
The studied British theatricality and sharp wit of Mrs Henderson Presents are likely to make it a favorite among nostalgiaphiles, theater buffs, and the tea-and-crumpets set.
The studied British theatricality and sharp wit of Mrs Henderson Presents are likely to make it a favorite among nostalgiaphiles, theater buffs and the tea-and-crumpets set.
Eudora Welty, whose evocative short stories, notable for their imagery, sharp dialogue and fierce wit, made her a revered figure in contemporary American letters, died yesterday at a hospital near her home in Jackson, Miss.
Elliot, 86: Sharp- witted model, TV director.
Waris Ahluwalia—actor, designer, explorer at large—traverses many worlds, armed only with wit, tact, and a sharp black suit.
Mad Cow's intelligent production of August: Osage County delves into domestic bitterness with razor-sharp wit and precise comic timing.
The 50 Cent protégé-turned-adversary has always been a sharp-witted and pugnacious MC.
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In science:

Theorem 29 Let (M, RM ) be a bridge magma, let E be a sharp, categorical, omega magma equivalence relation on M and assume RM is a witness to E .
Weak Omega Categories I
The last decade has witnessed the emergence of the idea that even the low-Q resonances of such open systems could play a role similar to the cavity modes of a conventional laser and produce sharp lasing peaks.
Modes of Random Lasers
The last section defines a class of theories — called sharp — in which (intuitively) the stable part of types is witnessed by generically stable types.
Distal and non-distal NIP theories
Bayesian nonparametrics have witnessed a rapid growth in the last decade, both in the construction of novel prior distributions [DPP07, WCT11] and obtaining results on posterior consistency and sharp convergence rates, e.g., [GVDV11, VDVVZ08].
Optimal Proposal Design for Random Walk Type Metropolis Algorithms with Gaussian Random Field Priors
The observed emission from this slab depends on the various model parameters via power laws and a heuristic fit function can be constructed wit h the gradual transition between regimes being handled by a free parameter, the sharpness factor s.
From blast wave to observation
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