Meaning of PIERCING in English


— piercingly , adv. — piercingness , n.

/pear"sing/ , adj.

1. loud or shrill, as the quality of a voice.

2. extremely cold or bitter: a piercing wind.

3. appearing to gaze deeply or penetratingly into something: piercing eyes.

4. perceptive or aware; acute: a piercing mind.

5. sarcastic or caustic; cutting: piercing remarks.

[ 1375-1425; late ME; see PIERCE, -ING 2 ]

Syn. 1. grating, strident, screeching.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .