piercing

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

pierce +‎ -ing

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

piercing

  1. present participle of pierce

Noun[edit]

piercing (countable and uncountable, plural piercings)

A Dinka woman wearing several piercings.
  1. gerund of pierce
  2. A hole made in the body so that jewellery can be worn through it.
    ear piercing
  3. An item of jewellery designed to be fitted through a piercing (sense 2).

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

piercing (comparative more piercing, superlative most piercing)

  1. Appearing to look deeply into; penetrating.
    piercing eyes
  2. Of temperature, extremely cold so that it penetrates through clothing and shelter.
  3. Of sound, loud and sharp; shrill.
    The piercing noise of the children could be heard two blocks from the elementary school.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 155:
      In the meantime the saw was stopped and two of the men began filing and sharpening the blades, which produced such a piercing sound that it went through bone and marrow.

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English piercing.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpiːr.sɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: pier‧cing

Noun[edit]

piercing m (plural piercings, diminutive piercinkje n)

  1. piercing (ornament)

Derived terms[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English piercing.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

piercing m (plural piercings)

  1. a piercing

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English piercing.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

piercing m (invariable)

  1. piercing (jewellery worn through a hole in the skin or tongue)

Anagrams[edit]


Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English piercing.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

piercing m inan

  1. piercing (jewellery worn through a hole in the skin or tongue)

Declension[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • piercing in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • piercing in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English piercing.

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

piercing m (plural piercings)

  1. piercing (jewellery worn through a hole in the skin or tongue)

Usage notes[edit]

Earrings (brincos) are not considered piercings.


Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English piercing.

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpiɾsin/, [ˈpiɾ.sĩn]

Noun[edit]

piercing m (plural piercings)

  1. piercing

Usage notes[edit]

According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.


Swedish[edit]

Swedish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia sv

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English piercing.

En ung man med piercingar
A young man with piercings

Noun[edit]

piercing c

  1. piercing (body art)

Declension[edit]

Declension of piercing 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative piercing piercingen piercingar piercingarna
Genitive piercings piercingens piercingars piercingarnas

Derived terms[edit]


Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English piercing.

Noun[edit]

piercing (definite accusative piercingi, plural piercingler)

  1. piercing

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