from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which sharpens.

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  • noun A device for making things sharp

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

  • noun any implement that is used to make something (an edge or a point) sharper


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to sharpen + -er



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  • ...often in a separate location to that where the major of the evening will take place. I like it as the implication seems to be that the drink will somehow make the drinker sharper which, I think most of us would recognise, does not usually happen.

    November 26, 2007

  • Unless the sharpener is an Irish coffee, in which, depending on the strength of the brew, the net stimulatory effect is a zero sum...

    November 27, 2007

  • That is, if you don't ask for decaffeinated coffee. Then you're two steps behind before you even begin. ;-)

    November 27, 2007

  • Any Irishman would tell you that decaf is blasphemy to all things good and pure, least of all coffee.

    November 27, 2007

  • I understood it to be a sharpener of thirst or appetite, rather than intellect.

    November 27, 2007