sharp etymology

English word sharp comes from Proto-Indo-European *sker-, and later Proto-Germanic *skarpaz (Sharp.)

Detailed word origin of sharp

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*sker- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) cut, to turn, bend, to bend, turn, shear, to twist, bend, dung, manure
*(s)kerb(h) Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*skarpaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Sharp.
sċearp Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
scearp Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Sharp.
sċarp Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
scharp Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Sharp.
sharp English (eng) (music) In a higher pitch than is correct or desirable.. (notcomp) Exactly.. To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply. (in the plural) middlings. (medicine) A hypodermic syringe.. (medicine, dated) A scalpel or other edged instrument used in surgery.. (music) A note that is played a semitone higher than usual; denoted by the name of the note that is followed by the symbol ♯.. (music) [...]

Words with the same origin as sharp

Descendants of *sker-
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