Definition of pointless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpoin(t)ləs/


1Having little or no sense, use, or purpose: speculating like this is a pointless exercise [with infinitive]: it’s pointless to plan too far ahead
More example sentences
  • It beggars belief how anyone with any sense could buy this pointless drivel.
  • Whichever way you cut it, it's still too often a pointless exercise for anyone writing for the consumer press.
  • It's a pointless exercise in negativity by both the Labor Party and the Democrats.
senseless, futile, hopeless, fruitless, useless, needless, in vain, unavailing, aimless, idle, worthless, valueless;
absurd, insane, stupid, silly, foolish
2(Of a contest or competitor) without a point scored.
Example sentences
  • Both these teams are pointless and, on the face of things, so is this match.
  • Long Lee remain anchored pointless at the bottom, but they put up a fight at Bradley.



Pronunciation: /ˈpointlislē/
Example sentences
  • Children, like all young mammals, actively do things that don't seem to make a great deal of sense at the time - playing pointlessly.
  • The anachronisms remind us, pointlessly, that the play is a modern construct.
  • It is presumed that the legislature avoid superfluous or meaningless words, that it does not pointlessly repeat itself or speak in vain.


Pronunciation: /ˈpointlisnis/
Example sentences
  • Talking about football with friends also demonstrates the total pointlessness of football pundits.
  • The game has, by now, descended into dire pointlessness.
  • It's the sheer stupidity and pointlessness of the game that bothers me.

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Syllabification: point·less

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