I. noun Etymology: Middle English Date: 15th century any of numerous mostly marine cartilaginous fishes of medium to large size that have a fusiform body, lateral branchial clefts, and a tough usually dull gray skin roughened by minute tubercles and are typically active predators sometimes dangerous to humans • sharklike adjective II. noun Etymology: probably modification of German Schurke scoundrel Date: 1599 1. a rapacious crafty person who takes advantage of others often through usury, extortion, or devious means <
loan sharks
2. one who excels greatly especially in a particular field III. verb Date: 1602 transitive verb 1. archaic to gather hastily 2. archaic to obtain by some irregular means intransitive verb 1. archaic to practice fraud or trickery 2. archaic sneak

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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