- loud or shrill, as the quality of a voice.
- extremely cold or bitter: a piercing wind.
- appearing to gaze deeply or penetratingly into something: piercing eyes.
- perceptive or aware; acute: a piercing mind.
- sarcastic or caustic; cutting: piercing remarks.
Origin of piercing
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Examples from the Web for piercingly
Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone.Best of the Memorial Service
The Daily Beast
July 7, 2009
Yet I continued to need to share Christ with humanity, piercingly, pressingly.The Prodigal Returns
We should have been most comfortable but for the piercingly cold draughts.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Zane,” he replied, piercingly, “what you need for your hat is a head!Tales of Fishes
Her eyes were piercingly bright and on her lips was etched a sardonic smile.Old Fogy
“And piercingly cold, my dear John,” interrupted Mrs Sudberry.Freaks on the Fells
- (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
- the art or practice of piercing body parts for the insertion of jewellery
- an instance of the piercing of a body part
Word Origin and History for piercingly
in reference to cold, sound, etc., early 15c., present participle adjective from pierce (v.). Figuratively, of pain, grief, etc., from late 14c. Related: Piercingly.
late 14c., verbal noun from pierce (v.).