perceptive, needlelike, bully, discriminating, tart, wounding, sharp-worded, corking, dandy, big, slap-up, lancinate, nifty, cracking, lancinating, shrieky, crisp, shooting, shrilly, incisive, not bad, high, bleak, sharp, exquisite, edged, intense, penetrative, shrewd, bang-up, smashing, keen, knifelike, cacophonous, cacophonic, peachy, raw, precipitous, abrupt, neat, acuate, great, swell, piping, astute, groovy
insertion (part of speech: noun)
painful (part of speech: adjective)
disagreeable, uncomfortable, anguishing, horrendous, acute, besetting, bothersome, hurtful, wrenching, smarting, gnawing, miserable, insufferable, offensive, odious, cramping, bitter, excruciating, aggravating, tormenting, torturing, troublesome, withering, biting, severe, cruel, annoying, aching, woeful, painful, grievous, irksome, unbearable, trying, sore, oppressive, harrowing, arduous, irritating, throbbing, stabbing, crushing, burdensome, agonizing, chafing, stinging, unpleasant, cutting, distressful, grueling, inflaming
inserting (part of speech: verb)
perforating (part of speech: verb)
shrillness (part of speech: noun)
shrill (part of speech: adjective)
jangling, screeching, raucous, caterwauling, high-pitched, scraping, earsplitting, penetrating, hoarse, reedy, shrill, loud, squealing, shrieking, deafening, scratching, jarring, screaming, creaky, whining, treble, squeaky, whistling, rasping, grating, ear-piercing, harsh, strident
- Light was his hair, bright his cheeks, his eyes piercing as a young serpent's. - "The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson", Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson.
- The warriors in the camp replied with the piercing Cheyenne war cry. - "Three Sioux Scouts", Elmer Russell Gregor.
- Often her pallid eyes wandered around a salon with piercing curiosity. - "The Village Rector", Honore de Balzac.