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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
Most of all, Nana loved the pungent scent of spruce and gazing at the brilliance of an illuminated Christmas tree.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Now the beverages could taste boozier than they really are, thanks to the pungent findings of a Swiss researcher.
New Scientist (1998)
The tobacco smelled more pungent than any cigarette she'd ever inhaled.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)
Turtle doves purr in the pines, and every breath of air holds the pungent scent of wild herbs crushed underfoot.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Uses - the pungent smell of the foliage is reputed to repel insects; an attractive garden shrub.
Stickland, Sue Planning the Organic Herb Garden
With the pungent scent of controversy already hovering over the Test series, Intikhab offered Australia an olive branch.
Misc (1995)


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