Synonyms of pointer

1 an arrow-shaped piece on a dial or scale for registering information
  • the pointer on my bathroom scale must be stuck—I know I lost weight

Synonyms for pointer

Words Related to pointer

2 a piece of advice or useful information especially from an expert
  • the instructor gave me a few pointers but otherwise let me do the cooking by myself

Synonyms for pointer

Words Related to pointer

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pointer

Time Traveler for pointer

Time Traveler

The first known use of pointer was in 1534

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Pointer.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on pointer

Dictionary: Definition of pointer

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with pointer

Medical Dictionary: Definition of pointer

Spanish Central: Translation of pointer

Nglish: Translation of pointer for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of pointer for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about pointer

Comments on pointer

What made you want to look up pointer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!