• enPR: pŭnjənt, IPA: /ˈpʌndʒənt/


  1. Having a strong odor that stings the nose, said especially of acidic or spicy substances.
    I accidentally dropped the bottle of ammonia and after few seconds, a very pungent stench could be detected.
    • 1991, Paul Chadwick, Concrete: American Christmas, Dark Horse Books
      I can almost smell the fir scent… resinous, pungent.
  2. Having a strong taste that stings the tongue, said especially of hot (spicy) food, which has a strong and sharp or bitter taste.
  3. (figurative) Stinging; acerbic.
    The critic gave a pungent review.
  4. (botany) Having a sharp and stiff point.
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