\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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The singer kept her accessories on trend with mini-cat eye sunglasses, a flat cap, and pointy toe shoes. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Takes Savage X Fenty Lingerie to the Streets," 10 May 2018 And where other VaporFly models get Nike's new ZoomX sole unit and a carbon-fiber heel insert, the Zoom Fly SP mostly just stands out for its pointy-heel sole. Jake Woolf, GQ, "Nike's Zoom Fly SP Is Dropping in its Brightest Colorway Yet," 11 Apr. 2018 Both Markle and Clooney's yellow dresses featured a sheath silhouette and a midi hemline—and both women topped them off with a pair of pointy toe pumps. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Channels Amal Clooney's Royal Wedding Yellow," 5 July 2018 Deschamps-Braly was dressed more like an artist than like a doctor, wearing a chunky marled-wool cardigan, narrow black jeans, and pointy black shoes with silver buckles, his curly dark hair askew. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "The Story of a Trans Woman’s Face," 12 Mar. 2018 To keep it simple, carve your name onto the candle using a toothpick or other safe pointy object, along with symbols such as dollar signs that represent your desires. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "How to Harness the Magical Power of Each Moon Phase," 3 July 2018 While many companies sell specialized tick removal devices, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the plain, pointy pair in your medicine cabinet will work just fine. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everyone Needs to Assemble a "Tick Kit" This Summer," 21 June 2017 But wearing tight shoes, hand-me-down shoes or narrow or pointy shoes encourages development of the condition, especially if there is a genetic predisposition. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "What Can You Do About a Hammertoe?," 6 July 2018 Starting at puberty, women were expected to wear heavy floor-length skirts, rigid corsets, and tight, pointy-toed shoes. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 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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