\ ˈpȯin-tē How to pronounce pointy (audio) \
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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wears high heels with very pointy toes even though they kill her feet
Recent Examples on the Web The Grinch Stole Christmas stars Jim Carrey as a villainous green ball of hair; Elf has Will Ferrell as a hopelessly naive, elf-identifying human in a pointy hat and tights. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Netflix Took the Christmas Movie to Its Logical, Campy Conclusion," 15 Dec. 2020 Neither knew until recently that one of the culprits was park co-founder Sheila Grant, whose shoes weren’t high but were pointy enough to leave a permanent mark. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "‘Every park needs a Nancy Best’: Philanthropist funding Dallas ‘super fountain’ doesn’t donate and walk away," 4 Dec. 2020 The ornaments should have a string or twine attached from 10 to 12 inches long to hang the ornament on a branch of a tree, The ornaments should not be heavy or have sharp or pointy edges. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale invites community to make ornaments for trees in Burlington Park," 10 Nov. 2020 For the first time, NASCAR's Cup Series championship — America's most popular type of racing which likes to think of itself as being near the pointy end of the country's sports pyramid — will be decided at Phoenix Raceway. Michael Knight, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona center of historic NASCAR Cup Series championship," 8 Nov. 2020 The fossil jaw fragment contains teeth that are pointy, so the animal likely fed on insects. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "New fossil found in Petrified Forest is 220 million years old. Here's what it looks like," 4 Nov. 2020 Boom’s planes have the same angled, pointy nose, which shapes the air into a low-pressure vortex ideal for the wings, but the nose stays in place. Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg.com, "Aviation Outsider Builds Supersonic Jet for Transatlantic Flight," 6 Oct. 2020 Pennywise has these big, pointy teeth that terrified me as a kid. Reggie Ugwu, New York Times, "Making the Monsters of ‘Lovecraft Country’," 5 Oct. 2020 Every few years, Porsche turns the knobs here and there to create a sharper 911 or a smoother Cayman, but the pointy end of performance has always been the GT cars. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 vs. Porsche 718 Cayman GT4," 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of pointy

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pointy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointy. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pointy

informal : having a somewhat sharp end : ending in a point

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