pointed [poin-tid] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. having a point or points: a pointed arch.
  2. sharp or piercing: pointed wit.
  3. having direct effect, significance, or force: pointed criticism.
  4. directed; aimed: a pointed gun.
  5. directed particularly, as at a person: a pointed remark.
  6. marked; emphasized.
  7. Heraldry. (of a cross) having parallel sides with points formed by two inclined sides on each end: a cross pointed.

Origin of pointed Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at point, -ed2, -ed3 Related formspoint·ed·ly, adverbpoint·ed·ness, nounmul·ti·point·ed, adjectiveself-point·ed, adjectiveun·point·ed, adjectivewell-point·ed, adjectiveSynonyms for pointed 2. penetrating; epigrammatic.Antonyms for pointed 2. blunt, dull. Examples from the Web for well-pointed Historical Examples of well-pointed

  • A lancet is the instrument generally used in bleeding, though a well-pointed pen knife will do at a pinch.

    A Treatise on Sheep:

    Ambrose Blacklock

  • A lancet is the instrument generally used in bleeding, though a well-pointed penknife will do at a pinch.

    Domestic Animals

    Richard L. Allen

  • I have very little to add in illustration of Lysander’s well-pointed sarcasms relating to this second symptom of Book-Madness.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin

  • British Dictionary definitions for well-pointed pointed adjective

    1. having a point
    2. cutting or incisivea pointed wit
    3. obviously directed at or intended for a particular person or aspectpointed criticism
    4. emphasized or made conspicuouspointed ignorance
    5. (of an arch or style of architecture employing such an arch) Gothic
    6. music (of a psalm text) marked to show changes in chanting
    7. (of Hebrew text) with vowel points marked

    Derived Formspointedly, adverbpointedness, noun Word Origin and History for well-pointed pointed adj.

    c.1300, “having a sharp end or ends,” from point (n.). Meaning “having the quality of penetrating the feelings or mind” is from 1660s. Related: Pointedly; pointedness.

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