- having a point or points: a pointed arch.
- sharp or piercing: pointed wit.
- having direct effect, significance, or force: pointed criticism.
- directed; aimed: a pointed gun.
- directed particularly, as at a person: a pointed remark.
- marked; emphasized.
- Heraldry. (of a cross) having parallel sides with points formed by two inclined sides on each end: a cross pointed.
Origin of pointed
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for pointedly
The ruling today pointedly agrees that cloud storage issues can wait for another time.What the Aereo Decision Means for You
June 25, 2014
She also pointedly noted that some of the Santa Barbara victims were stabbed, not shot.Joni Ernst’s Controversial Comments on Santa Barbara Won’t Actually Hurt Her With Voters
May 30, 2014
Jo Loesser made it pointedly plain she wanted that blue tie back.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’
April 6, 2014
On the show, comedian Louis C.K. asked Rumsfeld pointedly: “Are you a lizard?”‘Rumsfeld’s Rules’ Review: Good Rules, Shame He Didn’t Follow Them
May 19, 2013
In the wake of the bombings, American Muslim writer Asra Q. Nomani calls on the Muslim community to pointedly challenge extremism.How American Muslims Can Respond to Boston
Asra Q. Nomani
April 23, 2013
"I'd chance money you wasn't thinking of me," he said, pointedly.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
It did not answer the Whence, Whither, and Why; it pointedly changed the subject.Southern Lights and Shadows
"Your husband speaks to you, Jack Tier," said Rose, pointedly.
Why, she wondered, did he so pointedly exclude her from this case?The Film of Fear
We pointedly, and by name, introduce the parties to each other.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- having a point
- cutting or incisivea pointed wit
- obviously directed at or intended for a particular person or aspectpointed criticism
- emphasized or made conspicuouspointed ignorance
- (of an arch or style of architecture employing such an arch) Gothic
- music (of a psalm text) marked to show changes in chanting
- (of Hebrew text) with vowel points marked
Word Origin and History for pointedly
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.