piquant definition

  • adjective:
    • Pleasantly pungent or tart in flavor; spicy.
    • Appealingly provocative: a piquant wit.
    • Charming, interesting, or appealing: a piquant face.
    • Archaic Causing hurt thoughts; stinging.
    • Engaging; charming.
    • positively stimulating on palate; pleasantly spicy; stimulating.
    • Causing hurt feelings; scathing.
    • Stimulating toward style; offering gusto; tart; sharp; pungent.
    • having an agreeably pungent taste
    • attracting or delighting
    • engagingly stimulating or provocative
  • others:
    • Of an agreeable pungency or sharpness of flavor or taste; razor-sharp; stinging; biting: because, sauce piquant.
    • Of a smart, lively, racy, or sparkling nature; keenly interesting, or fitted to produce a sudden or keen interest; “taking”: as, a piquant anecdote: a piquant manner; a piquant style of female beauty; a piquant hat.
    • That pierces or wounds, or is suited to pierce or injury; stinging; sharp or cutting into the thoughts; biting; keen; pungent; extreme.
    • Synonyms Poignant, etc. See pungent.

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