trenchant early 14c., "cutting, sharp," from O.Fr. trenchant "cutting, sharp," prp. of trenchier "to cut" (see TRENCH (Cf. trench)). Figurative sense is recorded from c.1600.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Trenchant — Trench ant, a. [OF. trenchant, F. tranchant, p. pr. See {Trench}, v. t.] 1. Fitted to trench or cut; gutting; sharp. Trenchant was the blade. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Keen; biting; severe; as, trenchant wit. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trenchant — [tren′chənt] adj. [ME < OFr, prp. of trenchier: see TRENCH] 1. Archaic cutting; sharp 2. keen; penetrating; incisive [trenchant words] 3. forceful; vigorous; effective [a trenchant argument] 4. clear cut; distinct [a trenchant patte …   English World dictionary

  • Trenchant — Histoire A servi dans  Royal Navy Quille posée 28 octobre 1985 Lancement 3 novembre …   Wikipédia en Français

  • trenchant — I adjective acrimonious, acute, biting, brisk, caustic, clear cut, cutting, distinct, dynamic, energetic, explicit, forceful, incisive, intense, keen, mordant, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, pointed, powerful, pungent, sarcastic, scathing,… …   Law dictionary

  • trenchant — *incisive, clear cut, cutting, biting, crisp Analogous words: piercing, penetrating, probing (see ENTER): *sharp, keen, acute: *sarcastic, satiric, ironic, sardonic: *caustic, mordant, acrid, scathing: poignant, *pungent …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • trenchant — [adj] sarcastic, scathing acerbic, acid, acidulous, acute, astringent, biting, caustic, clear, clear cut, crisp, critical, crushing, cutting, distinct, driving, dynamic, effective, effectual, emphatic, energetic, explicit, forceful, forcible,… …   New thesaurus

  • trenchant — ► ADJECTIVE 1) vigorous or incisive in expression or style. 2) archaic or literary (of a weapon or tool) having a sharp edge. DERIVATIVES trenchancy noun trenchantly adverb. ORIGIN Old French, cutting , from Latin truncare truncate, maim …   English terms dictionary

  • trenchant — Le trenchant ou taillant d un ferrement, Acies. Le trenchant de l oraison et la poincte, Acies orationis. Aucunes queux ne font point bon trenchant, si elles ne sont mouillées d eauë, Repertae sunt et in Italia coticulae, aqua trahentes aciem… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • trenchant — adjective Etymology: Middle English trenchaunt, from Anglo French, present participle of trencher Date: 14th century 1. keen, sharp 2. vigorously effective and articulate < a trenchant analysis >; also caustic < trenchant remarks > 3 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • trenchant — trenchancy, n. trenchantly, adv. /tren cheuhnt/, adj. 1. incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting: trenchant wit. 2. vigorous; effective; energetic: a trenchant policy of political reform. 3. clearly or sharply defined; clear… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”