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  • adj. eager in appetite or desire of gratification; ravenous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Eager in appetite or desire of gratification; affected by keen hunger; ravenous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a sharp appetite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extremely hungry


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  • We're modifying our PLoM efforts, the meatpuppet and me, to include some calorie restriction, and preliminary results are that, although we're feeling a bit sharp-set, the current diet seems sustainable as long as the farmer's market produce and tinned soup holds out.

    metal heart, you're not hiding

  • Blowitz almost burst into tears of gluttony at the sight of it, and stuffed himself to ecstasy, going into raptures at each arriving course, and reproaching me for my apparent lack of appetite; in fact I was sharp-set, but ate and drank in moderation, for my mind was on the ladies 'sleeping-coach where I supposed la Kralta would be dining in anonymous seclusion; you don't want to be bloated when the charge is sounded.


  • The blackamoors who had captured the Prince and his Mamelukes set them before the King and said to him, “We found these birds amoung the trees”; and the King was sharp-set; so he took two of the servants and cut their throats and ate them; — And Shahrazad perceived the dawn of day and ceased to say her permitted say.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • But I was wakeful now and my mind was sharp-set on many things.


  • This feed would not only astonish those who talk about a “free breakfast-table,” with its silly slops and bread-stuffs; it would satisfy a sharp-set

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Shall blunt her sharp-set will, and she shall choose

    Prometheus Bound

  • : And I haven't hunted since we were caught; I suspect I'm pretty sharp-set by now!


  • Two or three men in pink, on their way to the meet, drop in, and are very jovial and sharp-set, as indeed we all are.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • I was sharp-set, and while one of the Duchess's ladies looked after her, I laid into the ham and cold fowls, and chatted affably to the nobs and their ladies, who were making the most of the grub themselves, as the Germans always do.

    Royal Flash

  • However, we men-folk were sharp-set, and fell on supper with a will, and after that the port and brandy, and before long we were making a good roaring evening of it.

    Royal Flash


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