Pierce Definition

pierced, pierces, piercing
pierced, pierces, piercing
To pass into or through as a pointed instrument does; penetrate; stab.
Webster's New World
To affect sharply the senses or feelings of.
Webster's New World
To make (a hole), as by boring or stabbing.
Webster's New World
To make a hole in or through; perforate; bore; specif., to make a hole in an earlobe, lip, nostril, or other part of the body for the purpose of inserting a ring, stud, or other ornament.
Webster's New World
To penetrate (to, into, or through something)
Webster's New World

A male given name, medieval variant of Piers. Modern usage may also derive from the surname.


Origin of Pierce

  • Old French percier, from its conjugated forms such as (jeo) pierce (“I pierce"), probably from Late Latin *pertusiare, from Latin pertusus, past participle of pertundere (“to thrust or bore through"), from per- (“through") + tundere (“to beat, pound").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English percen from Old French percer probably from Vulgar Latin pertūsiāre from Latin pertūsus past participle of pertundere to bore through per- per- tundere to beat

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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