- a hole pierced in an earlobe, nostril, or other part of the body for the purpose of inserting a ring, stud, or other ornament
- an ornament worn in such a hole
that can pierce; specif.,
- penetrating or sharp to the senses: a piercing wind, piercing cold, a piercing cry
- caustic; cutting; sarcastic: piercing criticism
- having or showing keen intelligence, perception, or judgment: a piercing wit, piercing eyes
Able or seeming to pierce, as:
a. Very loud; shrill: a piercing cry.
b. Fixed and intense in appearance: piercing blue eyes.
c. Causing pain, especially because of cold: a piercing wind.
d. Trenchant; incisive: piercing remarks.
e. Keenly perceptive or intelligent: a piercing intellect.
- A piece of jewelry designed to be worn through a perforation in a body part.
- The hole through which such a piece of jewelry is worn.
- Present participle of pierce.
(countable and uncountable, plural piercings)
(comparative more piercing, superlative most piercing)
- Anything or anyone that pierces.
- piercing eyes
- The piercing noise of the children could be heard two blocks from the elementary school.