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pungent (tasty)

Definition:

strong and sharp

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

pungency

Derivative:

pungently

Comparative:

more pungent

Superlative:

most pungent

Similar to:

tasty

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

the pungent taste of radishes

Synonyms:

acrid

Etymology:

"sharp, poignant" (of pain or grief), from Latin pungentem (nominative pungens),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of pungent...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

pungent | caustic [synonym, sense-specific] | pungency [noun, derived]

having an acrid smell or sharp bitter flavour | (of wit, satire, etc) biting; caustic | [biology] ending in a sharp point (20 of 443 words, 3 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pungent

Merriam-Webster:

pungent | caustic [synonym, sense-specific] | especially [synonym, sense-specific] | nippy [synonym, sense-specific] | sharp [synonym, sense-specific] | strong [synonym, sense-specific] | tangy [synonym, sense-specific] | bland [antonym, sense-specific] | mild [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

sharply painful | having a stiff and sharp point | marked by a sharp incisive quality; "caustic" ; being sharp and to the point | causing a sharp or ... (26 of 379 words, 4 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pungent

Oxford Dictionary:

pungent | pungency [derived] | pungently [derived]

having a sharply strong taste or smell | (of comment, criticism, or humour) having a sharp and caustic quality (18 of 80 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pungent

Wiktionary:

pungent

Having a strong odor that stings the nose, said especially of acidic or spicy substances. | 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. (44 of 61 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pungent

American Heritage Dictionary:

pungent | pungency [noun, related] | pungently [adverb, related]

Affecting the organs of taste or smell with a sharp acrid sensation. | Penetrating, biting, or caustic | To the point; sharp | Pointed (21 of 57 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

pungent | pungency [noun, derived] | pungently [adverb, derived]

describes a very strong smell or taste, sometimes one that is unpleasantly strong | [literary] describes speech or writing that is very strongly felt (23 of 57 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pungent

Random House Dictionary:

pungent

sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting; acrid. | acutely distressing to the feelings or mind; poignant. ... (24 of 50 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/pungent

Macmillan British Dictionary:

pungent | pungency [noun, uncountable, related] | pungently [adverb, related]

a pungent taste or smell is very strong and sharp | pungent comments or remarks criticize something in a direct and effective way (22 of 48 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pungent

New World Dictionary:

pungent | pungency [noun, related] | pungently [adverb, related]

producing a sharp sensation of taste and smell; acrid | sharp and piercing to the mind; poignant; painful | sharply penetrating; expressive; biting | ... (21 of 42 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pungent

Wikipedia:

Tasty [disambiguation]

means "savory" or "delicious". Tasty may also refer to: Tasty (Good Rats album), a 1974 album by The Good Rats | Tasty (Kelis album), a 2003 album by Kelis | Tasty (Patti LaBelle album), a 1978 album by Patti LaBelle | Tasty (The Shadows album), a 1977... (44 of 99 words, 4 definitions)

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Encarta Dictionary:

pungent

having a strong smell or a powerfully sharp or bitter taste | expressed in or showing a witty and biting manner | describes a plant or animal part ... (26 of 79 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861735885​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

pungent

First use: 1590s

Origin: "sharp, poignant" (of pain or grief), from Latin pungentem (nominative pungens), present participle of pungere "to prick, pierce, ... (19 of 48 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=pungent

Merriam-Webster:

pungent

First use: 1597

Origin: Latin pungent-, pungens, present participle of pungere to prick, sting; akin to Latin pugnus fist, pugnare to fight, Greek pygmē fist

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pungent

Oxford Dictionary:

pungent

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (in the sense "very painful or distressing"): from Latin pungent- "pricking", from the verb pungere

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pungent

American Heritage Dictionary:

pungent

Origin: Latin pungēns, pungent-, present participle of pungere, to sting; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.

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New World Dictionary:

pungent

Origin: Latin pungens, present participle of pungere, to prick, puncture: see "point"

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Collins Dictionary:

pungent

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin pungens piercing, from pungere to prick

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pungent

Wiktionary:

pungent

Origin: Latin pungens (stem pungent-), present participle of pungo ("to sting").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pungent

Encarta Dictionary:

pungent

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin pungent-, present participle of pungere "prick, sting"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861735885​/definition​.html  [offline]

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Collins Dictionary:

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Cambridge Dictionary:

pungent

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

pungent

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

pungent

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the Free Dictionary:

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Google Dictionary:

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

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YourDictionary Audio:

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