piercing

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Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
pierce

Third-person singular
pierces

Past tense
pierced

Past participle
pierced

Present participle
piercing

  1. The present participle of pierce.

Noun[change]

Singular
piercing

Plural
piercings

  1. (countable) A piercing is a hole in the body that is made so jewellery can be put through it.
    She got an ear piercing after her birthday.
  2. (countable) A piercing is a piece of jewellery that is put into a piercing.
    The woman had several face and body piercings.

Adjective[change]

Positive
piercing

Comparative
more piercing

Superlative
most piercing

  1. A piercing look or sound is one that feels like it goes right through you because it is very intense.
    The man had a piercing gaze.
    The woman let out a piercing shriek after seeing the body.