sharp-witted


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sharp-wit·ted

(shärp′wĭt′ĭd)
adj.
Having or exhibiting keenly perceptive intellect.

sharp′-wit′ted·ness n.

sharp-witted

adj
having or showing a keen intelligence; perceptive
ˌsharp-ˈwittedly adv
ˌsharp-ˈwittedness n

sharp′-wit′ted



adj.
having or showing mental acuity.
[1580–90]
sharp′-wit′ted•ly, adv.
sharp′-wit′ted•ness, n.
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sharp-witted

adjective
Mentally quick and original:
Translations

sharp-witted

[ˈʃɑːpˈwɪtɪd] ADJperspicaz, despabilado

sharp-witted

[ˌʃɑːpˈwɪtɪd] adjsveglio/a

sharp

(ʃaːp) adjective
1. having a thin edge that can cut or a point that can pierce. a sharp knife.
2. (of pictures, outlines etc) clear and distinct. the sharp outline of the mountain.
3. (of changes in direction) sudden and quick. a sharp left turn.
4. (of pain etc) keen, acute or intense. He gets a sharp pain after eating.
5. (often with with) severe. Don't be so sharp with the child!; She got a sharp reproach from me.
6. alert. Dogs have sharp ears.
7. shrill and sudden. a sharp cry.
8. of a musical note, raised a semitone; too high in pitch. F sharp; That last note was sharp.
adverb
1. punctually. Come at six (o'clock) sharp.
2. with an abrupt change of direction. Turn sharp left here.
3. at too high a pitch. You're singing sharp.
noun
1. a sharp note. sharps and flats.
2. a sign (#) to show that a note is to be raised a semitone.
ˈsharpen verb
to make or grow sharp. He sharpened his pencil.
ˈsharpener noun
an instrument for sharpening. a pencil-sharpener.
ˈsharply adverb
in a sharp manner. a sharply-pointed piece of glass; The road turned sharply to the left; He rebuked her sharply.
ˈsharpness noun
sharp practice
dishonesty or cheating.
ˌsharp-ˈwitted adjective
intelligent and alert. a sharp-witted boy.
look sharp
to be quick or to hurry. Bring me the books and look sharp (about it)!
References in classic literature ?
Nor could she help contrasting the conversation of the sharp-witted man at her side with what she still remembered of the vague, touching, boyish enthusiasm of the millionaires of Devil's Ford.
Their amazement at me, my language, my rules, and ways, once subsided, I found some of these heavy-looking, gaping rustics wake up into sharp-witted girls enough.
Thou art keen-witted, Jewess,'' replied the Templar, well aware of the truth of what she spoke, and that the rules of his Order condemned in the most positive manner, and under high penalties, such intrigues as he now prosecuted, and that, in some instances, even degradation had followed upon it ``thou art sharp-witted,'' he said; ``but loud must be thy voice of complaint, if it is heard beyond the iron walls of this castle; within these, murmurs, laments, appeals to justice, and screams for help, die alike silent away.
The traders halted at the sound of this language and the sight of the strange figure that uttered it, and from both figure and language at once guessed the craze of their owner; they wished, however, to learn quietly what was the object of this confession that was demanded of them, and one of them, who was rather fond of a joke and was very sharp-witted, said to him, "Sir Knight, we do not know who this good lady is that you speak of; show her to us, for, if she be of such beauty as you suggest, with all our hearts and without any pressure we will confess the truth that is on your part required of us.
She was a very sharp-witted and well- instructed lady, and was so conscious of her own wisdom and abilities that she thought it a pity that the world should not have the benefit of them.
If I had not been mad--for though we madmen are sharp-witted enough, we get bewildered sometimes--I should have known that the girl would rather have been placed, stiff and cold in a dull leaden coffin, than borne an envied bride to my rich, glittering house.
These preliminaries disposed of, he applied himself to teaching her the game, which she soon learnt tolerably well, being both sharp-witted and cunning.
ae: "He had a strong personality, was sharp-witted, and showed great ambition like that of his grandfather late Shaikh Rashid".
Dry humor and shades of grey distinguish this sharp-witted novel of razor's edge suspense, crafted to keep the reader guessing to the very end.
Live interaction gives the good people of Britain the chance to express what they think, either in a studio or on the phone, and some of the comments on the show so far have been a revelation - as has O'Brien, who is sharp-witted with a wicked gleam in his eye.
Asia Mix teams from Kyrgyzstan has successfully overcome the barrier of the Major League 1/8 final of the Club of the Cheerful and Sharp-Witted (KVN).
For all you sharp-witted folks out there, yes, there is a clue in the title, you turn these little babies on when it's foggy, not your hazard lights