poignant etymology

French word poignant comes from Proto-Indo-European *pewǵ-, Proto-Indo-European *pewḱ-, and later Proto-Italic *pungō (To prick, to sting.)

Detailed word origin of poignant

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*pewǵ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*pewḱ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*pungō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) To prick, to sting.
pungere Latin (lat)
puindre Old French (fro) (to puncture).
pungens Latin (lat)
poignant Old French (fro) Pointed; pointy.
poignant French (fra) Poignant.

Words with the same origin as poignant

Descendants of *pewǵ-
componction empoigner oppugner pincer pogne poignamment poignard poignet poignée poindre poing point poinçon ponction ponctuer pugiliste pugnace répugnant répugner