pungent

  • 1 Pungent — Pun gent, a. [L. pungens, entis, p. pr. of pungere, punctum, to prick. Cf. {Compunction}, {Expunge}, {Poignant}, {Point}, n., {Puncheon}, {Punctilio}, {Punt}, v. t.] 1. Causing a sharp sensation, as of the taste, smell, or feelings; pricking;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 pungent — pungent, piquant, poignant, racy, spicy, snappy are comparable when they mean characterized by sharpness, zest, and a piercing or gripping quality. Pungent applies especially to a sharp, piercing, stinging, biting, or penetrating quality,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 pungent — [adj1] highly flavored acid, acrid, aromatic, bitter, effluvious, hot, nosey*, odoriferous, peppery, piquant, poignant, racy, rich, salty, seasoned, sharp, snappy, sour, spicy, stinging, stinking*, strong, tangy, tart, whiffy*, zesty; concept 613 …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 pungent — [pun′jənt] adj. [L pungens, prp. of pungere, to prick, puncture: see POINT] 1. producing a sharp sensation of taste and smell; acrid 2. sharp and piercing to the mind; poignant; painful 3. sharply penetrating; expressive; biting [pungent… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 pungent — index bitter (acrid tasting), caustic, incisive, mordacious, trenchant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 pungent — 1590s, sharp, poignant (of pain or grief), from L. pungentem (nom. pungens), prp. of pungere to prick, pierce, sting, related to pugnus fist (see PUGNACIOUS (Cf. pugnacious)). Meaning having powerful odor or taste first recorded 1660s. Literal… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 pungent — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having a sharply strong taste or smell. 2) (of remarks or humour) sharp and caustic. DERIVATIVES pungency noun pungently adverb. ORIGIN from Latin pungere to prick …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 pungent — adjective Etymology: Latin pungent , pungens, present participle of pungere to prick, sting; akin to Latin pugnus fist, pugnare to fight, Greek pygmē fist Date: 1597 1. sharply painful 2. having a stiff and sharp point < pungent leaves > 3. a.… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 pungent — [[t]pʌ̱nʤ(ə)nt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is pungent has a strong, sharp smell or taste which is often so strong that it is unpleasant. The more herbs you use, the more pungent the sauce will be. ...the pungent smell of burning rubber. Syn …

    English dictionary

  • 10 pungent — pun|gent [ˈpʌndʒənt] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , present participle of pungere to prick, sting ] 1.) having a strong taste or smell pungent smell/aroma/odour etc ▪ the pungent odour of garlic 2.) formal pungent speech or writing is… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 pungent — adjective 1 a pungent taste or smell is strong and sharp: the pungent aroma of garlic 2 pungent remarks or writing criticize something in a very direct and clever way: a few typically pungent remarks from Senator Moynihan pungently adverb… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 pungent — pun•gent [[t]ˈpʌn dʒənt[/t]] adj. 1) sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting; acrid 2) caustic or sharply expressive: pungent remarks[/ex] 3) incisive; mordant: pungent wit[/ex] 4) acutely distressing; …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 pungent — pungency, n. pungently, adv. /pun jeuhnt/, adj. 1. sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting; acrid. 2. acutely distressing to the feelings or mind; poignant. 3. caustic, biting, or sharply expressive:… …

    Universalium

  • 14 pungent — adjective /pɐnʤənt/ a) Having a strong odor that stings the nose, said especially of acidic or spicy substances. The lasagne included plenty of pungent garlic. b) Having a sharp and stiff point …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 pungent — pun|gent [ pʌndʒənt ] adjective 1. ) a pungent taste or smell is very strong and sharp 2. ) pungent comments or remarks criticize something in a direct and effective way ╾ pun|gen|cy noun uncount ╾ pun|gent|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 pungent — adjective 1) a pungent marinade Syn: strong, powerful, pervasive, penetrating; sharp, acid, sour, biting, bitter, tart, vinegary, tangy; highly flavored, aromatic, spicy, piquant, peppery, ho …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 pungent — UK [ˈpʌndʒənt] / US adjective 1) a pungent taste or smell is very strong and sharp 2) pungent comments or remarks criticize something in a direct and effective way Derived words: pungency noun uncountable pungently adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 18 pungent — adj. Pungent is used with these nouns: ↑aroma, ↑herb, ↑odour, ↑scent, ↑smell, ↑taste …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 pungent — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. sharp, acid, tart; see sour 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [PUN junt] sharply flavorful or sharp smelling. Also, sharp or biting in language or speech. Both the meal and the conversation were… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 pungent — Someone who is acting dumb or silly. Stop mooning the other cars. You re being a pungent …

    Dictionary of american slang