from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having keen eyesight.
  • adjective Keenly perceptive or alert.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having quick or acute sight: as, a sharp-sighted eagle or hawk.
  • Having or proceeding from quick discernment or acute understanding: as, a sharp-sighted opponent; sharp-sighted judgment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having quick or acute sight; -- used literally and figuratively.

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

  • adjective having very keen vision
  • adjective keenly perceptive or alert


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  • However, the sharp-sighted viewer got an added value: an entire plot line, completely independent, that took place silently out of focus at the background.

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  • The eagle soars at high altitudes, it is quick and sharp-sighted, and it has a rich symbolic history.

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  • Tasslehoff and Woodrow stumbled along behind the sharp-sighted dwarves.


  • They had not been there many hours ere Tresham heard, by the medium of some sharp-sighted or keen-eared friend, that there were warrants out against him for treasonable practices.

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  • The sharp-sighted and pure-minded artists have long ago seen that the utmost reach of art is the most rigorous obedience to nature.

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  • Had it not been for a restraining glance from me, you would have proclaimed to the most sharp-sighted, keen-witted, and unsparing of Paris salons, that your inspiration was drawn from Armande – Louise-Marie de

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  • The nervous language of the Common Law, the impressive forms of our courts and the precision and substantial truth of the legal distinctions, are the contribution of all the sharp-sighted, strong-minded men who have lived in the countries where these laws govern.

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  • The captain was sharp-sighted enough to observe the change in her manner.

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  • But if you are not sharp-sighted, and one balance is not enough for you, bring another.

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  • I could tell you many anecdotes to prove how little he imposed, with his almost utter ignorance of Arabic, upon the sharp-sighted natives of these countries; but he was perhaps to be excused in fancying that he did, as those who partook of his bounty would be the last to hint to him their real thoughts on this subject, and whether Bey or not, he was a Mussulman, and that was sufficient.

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