- The definition of pungent is something with a strong smell or taste, or something directly to the point.
- An example of something pungent is the smell of garlic.
- An example of a pungent remark is the witty satire of a comedian.
- producing a sharp sensation of taste and smell; acrid
- sharp and piercing to the mind; poignant; painful
- sharply penetrating; expressive; biting: pungent language
- keenly clever; stimulating
Origin: L pungens, present participle of pungere, to prick, puncture: see point
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- Affecting the organs of taste or smell with a sharp acrid sensation.
- a. Penetrating, biting, or caustic: pungent satire.b. To the point; sharp: pungent talks during which the major issues were confronted.
- Pointed: a pungent leaf.
Origin: Latin pungēns, pungent-, present participle of pungere, to sting; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
- punˈgen·cy noun
- punˈgent·ly adverb