late 14c., "small perforation or wound" made by or as if by a pointed instrument, from Late Latin punctura "a pricking," from Latin punctus, past participle of pungere "to prick, pierce" (from suffixed form of PIE root *peuk- "to prick"). The sense of "act of perforating or piercing" is from mid-15c.
"to pierce with a sharp point of any kind," 1690s, from puncture (n.). Related: Punctured; puncturing.
updated on February 04, 2021