Piquancy



[pee-kuh nt, -kahnt, pee-kahnt] /ˈpi kənt, -kɑnt, piˈkɑnt/

adjective
1.
agreeably pungent or sharp in taste or flavor; pleasantly biting or tart:
a piquant aspic.
2.
agreeably stimulating, interesting, or attractive:
a piquant glance.
3.
of an interestingly provocative or lively character:
a piquant wit.
4.
Archaic. sharp or stinging, especially to the feelings.
/ˈpiːkənt; -kɑːnt/
adjective
1.
having an agreeably pungent or tart taste
2.
lively or stimulating to the mind
n.

1660s, from piquant + -cy.
adj.

1520s, from Middle French piquant “pricking, stimulating, irritating,” present participle of piquer “to prick, sting, nettle” (see pike (n.2)).

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