Definition of piercingly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɪəsɪŋli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪrsɪŋli//
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  1. 1in a way that seems to notice things about another person that would not normally be noticed, especially in a way that makes that person feel anxious or embarrassed She gazed piercingly in his eyes. His eyes were piercingly blue.
  2. 2piercingly cold, bright, clear, etc. very cold, bright, clear, etc. in a way that feels as if it can pass through your clothes and skin The weather remained piercingly cold.
  3. 3in a very high, loud and unpleasant way synonym shrilly She screamed piercingly.
  4. 4in a way that affects youur feelings very strongly, especially causing you pain piercingly sad