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piercing

[ peer-sing ]
/ ˈpɪər sɪŋ /
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adjective
noun
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Origin of piercing

First recorded in 1375–1425; pierce, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM piercing

pierc·ing·ly, adverbpierc·ing·ness, nounun·pierc·ing, adjective
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How to use piercing in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for piercing

piercing
/ (ˈpɪəsɪŋ) /

adjective
(of a sound) sharp and shrill
(of eyes or a look) intense and penetrating
(of an emotion) strong and deeply affecting
(of cold or wind) intense or biting
noun
the art or practice of piercing body parts for the insertion of jewellery
an instance of the piercing of a body part

Derived forms of piercing

piercingly, adverb
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