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Word of the Day: Shark

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Good evening and welcome to Word of the Day! A journey through the English vocabulary and the words that piqued my interest, in WotD we'll be learning a new word for each working day of the week, bar holidays, unless there's a holiday special...


Today's word is:



noun [informal]

  1. A person who unscrupulously exploits or swindles others: Coleby was a shark, not the sort of man to pay more when he could pay less | property sharks want to develop 200 acres around the site. See also loan shark.
  2. An expert in a specified field: a pool shark.

ORIGIN: late 16th cent.: perhaps from German Schurke 'worthless rogue,'


verb (third-person singular simple present sharks, present participle sharking, simple past and past participle sharked)

  1. To steal or obtain through fraud.
  2. (intransitive) To play the petty thief; to practice fraud or trickery; to swindle.
  3. (intransitive) To live by shifts and stratagems.
  4. To pick or gather indiscriminately or covertly.

ORIGIN: Perhaps from the noun, or perhaps related to shear.

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