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pointed

[poin-tid] /ˈpɔɪn tɪd/
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
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at point, -ed2, -ed3
Related forms
pointedly, adverb
pointedness, noun
multipointed, adjective
self-pointed, adjective
unpointed, adjective
well-pointed, adjective
Synonyms
2. penetrating; epigrammatic.
Antonyms
2. blunt, dull.
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Examples from the Web for well-pointed
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  • 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

/ˈpɔɪntɪd/
adjective
1.
having a point
2.
cutting or incisive: a pointed wit
3.
obviously directed at or intended for a particular person or aspect: pointed criticism
4.
emphasized or made conspicuous: pointed 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 Forms
pointedly, adverb
pointedness, noun
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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