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piquant (adj.)

1520s, "sharp or stinging to the feelings" (a sense now obsolete), from French piquant "pricking, stimulating, irritating," present participle of piquer "to prick, sting, nettle" (see pike (n.1)). From 1640s as "of agreeable pungency or sharpness of taste or flavor;" by 1690s as "of smart, lively, or racy nature." Related: Piquantly.

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Definitions of piquant from WordNet

piquant (adj.)
having an agreeably pungent taste;
Synonyms: savory / savoury / zesty
piquant (adj.)
engagingly stimulating or provocative;
a piquant wit
Synonyms: salty
piquant (adj.)
attracting or delighting;
a piquant face with large appealing eyes
Synonyms: engaging
From wordnet.princeton.edu