- An example of something pungent is the smell of garlic.
- An example of a pungent remark is the witty satire of a comedian.
The definition of pungent is something with a strong smell or taste, or something directly to the point.
- producing a sharp sensation of taste or smell; acrid
- sharp and piercing to the mind; poignant; painful
- sharply penetrating; expressive; biting: pungent language
- keenly clever; stimulating
Origin of pungentClassical Latin pungens, present participle of pungere, to prick, puncture: see point
- 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 of pungentLatin pungēns, pungent-, present participle of pungere, to sting; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more pungent, superlative most pungent)
- Having a strong odor that stings the nose, said especially of acidic or spicy substances.
- The lasagne included plenty of pungent garlic.
- Having a strong taste that stings the tongue, said especially of hot (spicy) food, which has a strong and sharp or bitter taste.
- Having a sharp and stiff point.
- The critic gave a pungent review.
From Latin pungens (stem pungent-), present participle of pungo (“to sting").