Definitions for sharper
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word sharper.
cardsharp, card sharp, cardsharper, card sharper, sharper, sharpie, sharpy, card sharknoun
a professional card player who makes a living by cheating at card games
a swindler; a cheat; a professional gambler who makes his living by cheating.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A tricking fellow; a petty thief; a rascal.
Etymology: from sharp
Sharpers, as pikes, prey upon their own kind. Roger L'Estrange.
He should retrench what he lost to sharpers, and spent upon puppet-plays, to apply it to that use. Arbuth.
I only wear it in a land of Hectors,
Thieves, supercargo’s, sharpers, and directors. Alexander Pope.
A sharper is an older term, common since the seventeenth-century, for thieves who use trickery to part an owner with his or her money or other possessions. Sharpers vary from what are now known as con-men by virtue of the simplicity of their cons, which often were impromptu, rather than carefully orchestrated, though those certainly happened as well. The 1737 Dictionary of Thieving Slang defines a sharper as "A Cheat, One who lives by his wits". In the nineteenth century, and into today, the term is more closely associated with gambling. Sharpers were romantic figures in the eighteenth-century, valued as imaginative figures for their perceived social independence and ability to create new social networks of gangs. The appeal of an independent society, operating outside the law, has been imaginatively evocative for centuries, but in eighteenth-century London philosophical thought, influenced by Thomas Hobbes and Rousseau's new formulations of social contract, the romanticization of thievery reached new levels. John Gay's The Beggar's Opera and Henry Fielding's novel Jonathan Wild are only two examples of sharpers as heroes, in these cases, to provide satirical ammunition against Robert Walpole, the British Prime Minister.
Being sharper can have different meanings based on context but a general definition might be: 1) Having a fine edge or point, particularly for cutting or piercing. 2) In terms of intellect: mentally alert, clever, or quick-witted. 3) In terms of appearance: more clear, distinct, or defined. 4) In terms of qualities like vision or sound: more intense, acute or piercing.
a person who bargains closely, especially, one who cheats in bargains; a swinder; also, a cheating gamester
A sharper is an older term, common since the seventeenth-century, for thieves who use trickery to part an owner with his or her money possessions. Sharpers vary from what are now known as con-men by virtue of the simplicity of their cons, which often were impromptu, rather than carefully orchestrated, though those certainly happened as well. The 1737 Dictionary of Thieving Slang defines a sharper as "A Cheat, One who lives by his wits." In the nineteenth century, and into today, the term is more closely associated with gambling.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sharper is ranked #23691 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Sharper surname appeared 1,069 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sharper.
80% or 856 total occurrences were Black.
14.8% or 159 total occurrences were White.
2.3% or 25 total occurrences were of two or more races.
2.1% or 23 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
The numerical value of sharper in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of sharper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
There is a much sharper polarization of society, the people carrying out the violence work in small groups but they all join up and know what direction they are traveling in. They are very clear on the goal. The caliphate provides that common purpose, that unity, that momentum.
It enables you to think quicker and feel sharper, although I've only started recently so it's hard to quantify the full effects.
The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
We are currently slowing our share repurchases in view of the potential acquisition candidates coming into sharper focus.
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