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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 month ago

What does it mean when someone is "sharp", vs "smart" or "intelligent"?

In reference to someones intelligence or work ethic.... what does "sharp" mean.

Lisa had a lot of experience, but Sara was "sharp".

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  • 1 month ago

    Quick thinking.  Can work things out very quickly.

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  • 1 month ago

    A person who's 'sharp' has a quick and agile brain and thought-processes.

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  • 1 month ago

    These words can be used interchangeably. They imply a higher degree of reasoning ability. This should not be confused with knowledge which is the assimilation of a great deal of facts or information. A person can be knowledgeable but not necessary intelligent or smart. 

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  • 1 month ago

    The idea that LIsa had a lot of experience has nothing to do with her being 'intelligent' or 'smart.'  She simply has experience,  In the same manner, Sara being 'sharp' does not mean that she is any more intelligent, or smarter than Lisa.  

     Being 'sharp' in this context is more closely related to being 'smart,' but not necessarily in an academic sense; it is more of an innate attribute.   It describes Sara's ability to think and act, based on the abitlity she has for making sound decisions and using good judgment.  She most likely grasps a situation quickly, and has a knack for the type of work she does, even without much experience.

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  • 1 month ago

    "Sharp" is is when a person is quick to pick up something or quick to answer.

    "Smart" is a person able to retain a lot of knowledge.

    "Intelligent" is a person that is able to both able to retain a lot of knowledge and have great problem solving abilities to figure out something by themselves without being taught while a smart person needs to be taught to know the answers.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    clever, quick on the uptake, rapidly and intuitively grasping the essential details of any new situation rather than patiently analyzing the situation as a whole

    "Sharp" comes from the concept of being on the practical "cutting edge" of learning [using the right hemisphere of the brain more than the left].

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  • 1 month ago

    Anyone can be smart but some people are intelligent. A sharp person is someone who has a keen sense of observation and deduction.

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  • 1 month ago

    sharp implies wit or speed.  they cut right to the root of the problem instead of slowly digging their way in, in a metaphorical way of seeing things.

    Sharp is a type of smart.  It is not the only way that a person can be smart.

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  • 1 month ago

    i think it means the same thing

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Sharp means more witty on the spot intelligence.

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