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pointer

[ poin-ter ]
/ ˈpɔɪn tər /
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noun

RELATED WORDS

clue, index, dial, register, signal, needle, rod, mark, director, gauge, arrow, hand, guide, tip-off, information, advice, tip, warning, caution, recommendation

Nearby words

pointed, pointed arch, pointed wart, pointedly, pointel, pointer, pointers, pointillage, pointillism, pointillistic, pointillé

Origin of pointer

First recorded in 1490–1500; point + -er1
SYNONYMS FOR pointer
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British Dictionary definitions for pointer

pointer

/ (ˈpɔɪntə) /

noun

a person or thing that points
an indicator on a measuring instrument
a long rod or cane used by a lecturer to point to parts of a map, blackboard, etc
one of a breed of large swift smooth-coated dogs, usually white with black, liver, or lemon markings: when on shooting expeditions it points to the bird with its nose, body, and tail in a straight line
a helpful piece of information or advice
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Word Origin and History for pointer

pointer


n.

mid-14c., "a tiler" (early 13c. as a surname), agent noun from point (v.). From c.1500 as "maker of needlepoint lace." From 1570s as "thing that points;" meaning "dog that stands rigid in the presence of game, facing the quarry" is recorded from 1717. Meaning "item of advice" first recorded 1883.

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