Sharper Sharp"er, n. A person who bargains closely, especially, one who cheats in bargains; a swinder; also, a cheating gamester. [1913 Webster]

Sharpers, as pikes, prey upon their own kind. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Swindler; cheat; deceiver; trickster; rogue. See {Swindler}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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