OTHER WORDS FROM piercedun·pierced, adjective
Words nearby pierced
What does pierced mean?
The word comes from the past tense of the verb pierce, which means to penetrate or puncture things in this way. This sense of the word is associated with needles and other thin, sharp objects used to pierce surfaces. To pierce someone’s ear is to make a hole in it with a needle so that an earring can be inserted. This is called a piercing.
Pierced is especially used to describe ears and other body parts that have had a hole put in them so that jewelry can be inserted, as in pierced ears, pierced lip, pierced nose, and pierced eyebrow.
It can also describe someone who has piercings, as in He was one of those pierced and tattooed guys.
Pierced metal is metal that has been perforated with holes, such as to form a design.
Example: My ears aren’t pierced—this is just a clip-on earring.
How is pierced used in real life?
The first records of the word pierced as an adjective come from the 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb pertundere, meaning “to bore a hole through” or “to perforate.”
The verb pierce can be used in many different contexts, both literally and figuratively, but pierced is most commonly used in the context of body parts that have had holes inserted into them in order to wear jewelry. All kinds of body parts can be pierced, including some nontraditional spots like the cheek and the back of the neck.
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How is pierced used in real life?
Pierced is most commonly used in the context of pierced ears, but many other body parts can be pierced.
if i survive this semester, i’m rewarding myself with pierced ears (and a tattoo maybe)
— nahhh 🌼 (@surfboardt__) October 25, 2020
I would look really cute with a pierced nose…
— professional american election hater 🇺🇸 (@w8ing4sunlight) October 18, 2020
Why didn't anyone warn me how hard it is to eat with a freshly pierced lip?
— 👻 (@spidersplicers) October 14, 2016
Try using pierced!
Which of the following body parts can be pierced?
D. all of the above
How to use pierced in a sentence
Your HR person is as likely to be as pierced as your barista.This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended|Nick Gillespie|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She also commented on what might be her most distinguishing feature, her pierced nose.Meet Montana's Nose-Ringed Candidate for the U.S. Senate|Ben Jacobs|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As unlucky as Gama was to have been hit, he was incredibly lucky that neither bullet had pierced his skull into his brain.
The blade pierced his liver and diaphragm, missing his heart and aorta by a fraction of an inch.Thank God the Murrysville School Attack Wasn’t Guns|Michael Daly|April 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead of blonde and bubbly, the women tend to be tattoed and pierced.
As the bright glow of a little cascade of sparks pierced the darkness, a voice in our rear called sharply: "Hands up!"Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
The blood rushed in a hot tide into the girl's pale wet face, and yet she shivered as if an arrow had pierced her heart.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
An Irish sergeant, on a march, being attacked by a dog, pierced the animal with his halbert.
And again another scripture saith, "They shall look on him whom they pierced."His Last Week|William E. Barton
His face and head was covered with a full mask of thin white rubber, pierced by two slots for eyeholes.