Origin of pierced
verb (used with object), pierced, pierc·ing.
verb (used without object), pierced, pierc·ing.
Origin of pierce
Synonyms for pierce
Related Words for piercedplow, gash, intrude, probe, prick, drill, transfix, crack, spike, cleave, incise, break, slit, slice, stab, puncture, enter, slash, bore, perforate
Examples from the Web for pierced
Contemporary Examples of pierced
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
October 30, 2014
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
August 15, 2014
As unlucky as Gama was to have been hit, he was incredibly lucky that neither bullet had pierced his skull into his brain.Easter Miracle in Brooklyn for Shooting Victim
April 20, 2014
Instead of blonde and bubbly, the women tend to be tattoed and pierced.Porn's Behind-the-Camera Feminists
February 26, 2014
But the air was pierced by an even more dangerous and unsettling sound—the sound of counter-revolution.The GOP’s Real Ted Nugent Problem
February 22, 2014
Historical Examples of pierced
He gin Submit a look that pierced clear to her heart (so they say).Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
She fixed her eyes upon me with a look that pierced me to the heart; and yet it made me smile.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
He states that they pierced a plank, an inch thick, with a bullet made of mercury.The Field of Ice
While in this position he fell, pierced through the body with a rifle bullet.Cleveland Past and Present
The other is a man's, sun-burned, discoloured, and also pierced for an earring.
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for pierce
c.1400, past participle adjective from pierce (v.).
late 13c. "make a hole in; force one's way through," from Anglo-French perser, Old French percier "pierce, transfix, drive through" (12c., Modern French percer), probably from Vulgar Latin *pertusiare, frequentative of Latin pertusus, past participle of pertundere "to thrust or bore through," from per- "through" (see per) + tundere "to beat, pound," from PIE *tund-, from root *(s)teu- "to push, strike, knock, beat, thrust" (see obtuse). Related: Pierced; piercing.