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pungent (ˈpʌndʒənt Pronunciation for pungent



  1. having an acrid smell or sharp bitter flavour
  2. (of wit, satire, etc) biting; caustic
  3. (biology) ending in a sharp point   ⇒ a pungent leaf

Derived Forms

ˈpungency noun
ˈpungently adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin pungens piercing, from pungere to prick

Translations for 'pungent'

  • British English: pungent Something that is pungent has a strong, sharp smell or taste which is often so strong that it is unpleasant. ADJECTIVEThe more herbs you use, the more pungent the sauce will be.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: pungente
  • Chinese: 刺鼻的
  • European Spanish: acre
  • French: piquant piquante
  • German: scharf
  • Italian: forte
  • Japanese: 刺すように刺激する
  • Korean: 톡 쏘는듯 자극적인
  • Portuguese: pungente
  • Spanish: acre

Example Sentences Including 'pungent'

A pungent smell wafted through the room, overpowering in that confined space.
Amanda Hemingway THE GREENSTONE GRAIL: The Sangreal Trilogy One (2004)
Both he and his companion wore fur hats and smoked pungent , Russian cigarettes.
Townsend, Eileen In Love and War
The tobacco smelled more pungent than any cigarette she'd ever inhaled.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)


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