adjective Date: 1837 having a sharp tongue ; harsh or bitter in speech or language

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  • sharp-tongued — adj [usually before noun] saying things in a disapproving or unfriendly way which often upsets people ▪ his sharp tongued wife …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sharp-tongued — [shärp′tuŋd΄] adj. using or characterized by severe, sharp, or harshly critical language …   English World dictionary

  • sharp-tongued — [ ,ʃarp tʌŋd ] adjective tending to criticize people or speak to them in a cruel or angry way …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sharp-tongued — sharp′ tongued′ adj. harsh or sarcastic in speech • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • sharp-tongued — [adj] critical belittling, biting, carping, censuring, condemning, cursing, cutting, cynical, demeaning, derogatory, harsh, hypercritical, mean, nasty, sarcastic, satirical; concept 267 …   New thesaurus

  • sharp-tongued — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ given to using harsh or critical language …   English terms dictionary

  • sharp-tongued — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective : having a sharp tongue : harsh or bitter of speech * * * /shahrp tungd /, adj. characterized by or given to harshness, bitterness, or sarcasm in speech. [1830 40] * * * sharp tonguedˈ adjective Critical, sarcastic, harsh in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sharp-tongued — ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you describe someone as sharp tongued, you being critical of them for speaking in a way which is unkind though often clever. Julia was a very tough, sharp tongued woman …   English dictionary

  • sharp-tongued — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. acid tongued, critical, vitriolic, rapier tongued, biting, cutting, nasty, negative, mean, blunt, frank. ANT.: diplomatic, nice, mealy mouthed …   English dictionary for students

  • sharp-tongued — having a sharp manner of speaking, snide, blunt, clever …   English contemporary dictionary

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