sharp-nosed

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sharp-nosed having a sharply pointed nose
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world record frog jump is 33 feet 5.5 inches over the course of 3 consecutive leaps, achieved in May 1977 by a South African sharp-nosed frog called Santjie.
    • sharp-nosed Having a sharp, pointed, or peaked nose: specifically said of the common eel, Anguilla vulgaris, also called A. oxyrhyncha. See cut under Anguilla.
    • sharp-nosed Keen of scent; having a good nose or faculty of smell, as a dog.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Sharp-nosed having a pointed nose: keen of scent, as a dog
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scearp; Ice. skarpr, Gr. scharf.

Usage

In literature:

Of what use the endless labor of this sharp-nosed woman, with glasses over her eyes, at the church-house?
"The Wit of Women" by Kate Sanborn
Then it shot ahead, as they pushed its nose diagonally out into the sharp slope of the rapids.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Friar Volpe was a fair-skinned man with a sharp nose, large lips, and round brown eyes.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
The sharp furze-spikes pricked his nose and paws, but True was not the dog to be stopped by little things like that.
"Harding's luck" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
Prominent cheek bones, a sharp, long nose, and a pointed chin do not make a beautiful countenance, to say the least.
"The Girls of Central High in Camp" by Gertrude W. Morrison
The nose was exceedingly long and sharp, with a crooked joint.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
She saw Gray Cloud's tender mouth curving in a tentative smile, his sharp nose giving strength to his face, his large eyes glowing.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
When it came again, the little girl whistled a note softly, and the nose came out so far that two sharp black eyes showed.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
A sharp-nosed bullet had gone through three rounds of ammunition and stuck in the fourth, during the last rush forward.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
He looked long, black, sharp-nosed.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
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In poetry:

David sang to his hook-nosed harp:
"The Lord God is a jealous God!
His violent vengeance is swift and sharp!
And the Lord is King above all gods!
"King David" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Hey! now! Come hoy now! Whither do you wander?
Up, down, near or far, here, there or yonder?
Sharp-ears, Wise-nose, Swish-tail and Bumpkin,
White-socks my little lad, and old Fatty Lumpkin!
"Tom Bombadil's Song" by J R R Tolkien
I caught, for a second, across the crowd--
Just for a second, and barely that--
A face, pox-pitted and evil-browed,
Hid in the shade of a slouch-rim'd hat--
With small gray eyes, of a look as keen
As the long, sharp nose that grew between.
"A Rough Sketch" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Anyone who has ventured outside lately has certainly noticed the sharp bite of 'Jack Frost' nipping at their nose, with temperatures well below freezing.
The nose of a drug-sniffing police dog is not so sharp, but it's good enough to support cocaine charges against Herbert Green.
The shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus ("sharp nose"), is a large, feisty mackerel shark found worldwide in temperate and tropical offshore waters.
Nib is one of a set of words that all mean something like "sharp point" (including nab, a peak or prominent hill, and neb, a nose) and which all ultimately derive from an Indo-European root meaning "beak.".
Colonel Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean, The Lord of the Rings) may have a nose for mischief, but his only interest now is returning to England.
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