\ ˈpȯin-tē \
pointier; pointiest

Definition of pointy 

1 : coming to a rather sharp point
2 : having parts that stick out sharply here and there

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Synonyms & Antonyms for pointy


peaked, pointed, sharp, spired, tipped



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Examples of pointy in a Sentence

wears high heels with very pointy toes even though they kill her feet

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Just like Kate, Pippa styled the dress with black pointy pumps and emerald earrings. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Channeled Another One of Kate's Maternity Looks at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Fliers in the pointy end of the plane have something to smile about, too: the carrier has added wider, fancier sleeper seats and bespoke bedding from the White Company. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best International Airlines: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The plants’ leaves are less pointy and the flowers a more lemon-yellow color. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "Dandelions Ruin Your Front Yard but Could Be the Future of the Rubber Industry," 2 Oct. 2018 If yours is angular, but your chin isn't particularly pointy, this is very likely your shape. Devon Abelman, Allure, "3 Steps to Finally Answer This Question: What Is My Face Shape?," 22 Aug. 2018 The nose is sharp and pointy again, dispensing with the blunt design, and is painted a menacing black and white. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "North Korea Paraded New Missiles, and They're a Big Deal," 17 Apr. 2017 Most mascaras do me a disservice, creating clumps and those pointy clusters of lashes that were all the rage in the '60s. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best Mascaras to Buy Now, According to Vogue Editors," 29 Oct. 2018 The key is to mix ladylike silhouettes, like a pointy mule with an A-line dress. Christina Perez, Harper's BAZAAR, "6 Unexpected Ways to Style the Shoes of the Season," 6 Sep. 2018 On Monday, the First Lady attended a tree planting ceremony at the White House wearing a pair of pink, pointy-toe high heels (which, if the glimpse of red sole is to be believed, are likely Christian Louboutin). Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Melania Trump Wore High Heels to Garden at the White House," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of pointy

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pointy was in 1644

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English Language Learners Definition of pointy

: having a somewhat sharp end : ending in a point

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