pointer

[ poin-ter ]
/ ˈpɔɪn tər /

noun


Nearby words

  1. pointed,
  2. pointed arch,
  3. pointed wart,
  4. pointedly,
  5. pointel,
  6. pointers,
  7. pointillage,
  8. pointillism,
  9. pointillistic,
  10. pointillé

Origin of pointer

First recorded in 1490–1500; point + -er1

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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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