(noun, adjective, verb)


1. having the ability to perceive or understand; sharp in understanding.

Similar word(s): perceptive, acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, sharp

2. painful as if caused by a sharp instrument

- piercing knifelike pains

- piercing cold

- piercing criticism

Similar word(s): sharp, cutting, keen, knifelike, lancinate, lancinating, stabbing

Sentences with piercing as an adjective:

- piercing eyes

- The piercing noise of the children could be heard two blocks from the elementary school.


1. (uncountable) The action of the verb to pierce

2. A hole made in the body so that jewellery/jewelry can be worn through it

- ear piercing

3. The jewelry itself


1. present participle of pierce