1. extremely and sharply

it was bitterly cold


bitter cold

Syn: ↑bitterly, ↑bitingly, ↑bitter
Derived from adjective: ↑biting (for: ↑bitingly), ↑bitter (for: ↑bitterly), ↑piercing
2. in a shrill voice

she sang rather shrilly

Syn: ↑shrilly
Derived from adjective: ↑shrill (for: ↑shrilly)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Piercingly — Piercing Pier cing, a. Forcibly entering, or adapted to enter, at or by a point; perforating; penetrating; keen; used also figuratively; as, a piercing instrument, or thrust. Piercing eloquence. Shak. [1913 Webster] {Pier cing*ly}, adv. {Pier… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • piercingly — adverb see piercing I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • piercingly — See piercer. * * * …   Universalium

  • piercingly — adverb In a piercing manner …   Wiktionary

  • piercingly — pɪrsɪŋlɪ / pɪəs adv. sharply, in a penetrating fashion; strongly, intensely, powerfully …   English contemporary dictionary

  • piercingly — pierc·ing·ly …   English syllables

  • piercingly — See: piercing …   English dictionary

  • piercing — piercingly, adv. piercingness, n. /pear sing/, adj. 1. loud or shrill, as the quality of a voice. 2. extremely cold or bitter: a piercing wind. 3. appearing to gaze deeply or penetratingly into something: piercing eyes. 4. perceptive or aware;… …   Universalium

  • calliopean — Piercingly loud or shrill, often used to describe a voice …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • piercing — [[t]pɪ͟ə(r)sɪŋ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A piercing sound or voice is high pitched and very sharp and clear in an unpleasant way. A piercing scream split the air. ...a piercing whistle. Derived words: piercingly ADV GRADED She screamed again …   English dictionary

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