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  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, adjective

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Antonyms for pointed

2. blunt, dull.
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  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
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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.

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