From Anglo-Norman puignant; equivalent to poynen + -ant.
- IPA(key): /ˈpui̯nau̯nt/, /ˈpui̯nant/
- Sour or acidic to the taste.
c. 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “General Prologue”, in The Canterbury Tales, lines 353-354: Wo was his cook, but if his ſauce were / Poynaunt and ſhaꝛp, and redy al his geere.
- Woe to his cook, except if his sauce was / sour and sharp, and all his equipment was ready.
- Stabbing; having a sharp, spiky point.
- Causing fright; upsetting, horrifying.