Definition of pointed in English:

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pointed

Pronunciation: /ˈpɔɪntɪd/

adjective

1Having a sharpened or tapered tip or end: his face tapers to a pointed chin
More example sentences
  • The face tapered to a pointed chin, leaving room for a small nose and tiny mouth.
  • A horrendous smirk of a smile polluted Jen's bruised face as her fingers sharpened into pointed razor claws.
  • The engineering module was the largest part of the ship, the vehicle tapering off to a pointed nose-cone.
Synonyms
sharp, spear-like, needle-like, spear-shaped, V-shaped, tapering, tapered, cone-shaped, conic, conical, acute, sharp-cornered, wedge-shaped, sharp-edged, edged, jagged, spiky, spiked, barbed
informal pointy
2(Of a remark or look) expressing criticism in a direct and unambiguous way: pointed comments were made about racial discrimination within the army
More example sentences
  • Well, I was too angry, and I wanted to ask direct questions, pointed questions.
  • They didn't comment but kept staring at me with the same pointed look.
  • She responded with a pointed look, and he shrugged.
Synonyms
cutting, trenchant, biting, incisive, acid, acerbic, tart, caustic, scathing, mordant, razor-edged, venomed, venomous, piercing, penetrating
North American informal snarky
rare acidulous, mordacious

Derivatives

pointedness

noun
Example sentences
  • He processes individual words, recognizes them in terms of their perspectives and captures the compression and pointedness of the narration along with the writers' relationship with their subject-matters.
  • It is also written in excruciatingly careful prose, belying the pointedness of its conclusions.
  • I interpreted the first shape component as wing pointedness.

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