adjective (1)
point·​ed | \ ˈpȯin-təd How to pronounce pointed (audio) \

Definition of pointed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having a point
b : being an arch with a pointed crown also : marked by the use of a pointed arch pointed architecture
2a : being to the point : pertinent
b : aimed at a particular person or group
3 : conspicuous, marked pointed indifference
4 : having points that contrast in color with the basic coat color a pointed cat


adjective (2)

Definition of pointed (Entry 2 of 2)


Other Words from pointed

Adjective (1)

pointedly adverb
pointedness noun

First Known Use of pointed

Adjective (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective (2)

1523, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pointed

Adjective (2)

short for appointed

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“Pointed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointed. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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