Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Forceful and clear; penetrating.
  • adjective Caustic; cutting.
  • adjective Distinct; clear-cut.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Cutting; sharp; keen.
  • Penetrating; energetic; downright.
  • Specifically, in zoology, sectorial, as a molar or premolar; sharp-edged: as, the trenchant canines of a saber-toothed tiger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Fitted to trench or cut; gutting; sharp.
  • adjective Fig.: Keen; biting; severe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective obsolete Fitted to trench or cut; gutting; sharp.
  • adjective figuratively Keen; biting; vigorously effective and articulate; severe; as, trenchant wit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective clearly or sharply defined to the mind
  • adjective characterized by or full of force and vigor
  • adjective having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, cutting, from present participle of trenchier, to cut; see trench.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French, from the present participle of trenchier, "to cut."

Examples

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    June 23, 2008

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    Trench ants can be trenchant beasties should they get in your pants.

    June 28, 2008

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