pointless

[ point-lis ]
/ ˈpɔɪnt lɪs /

adjective

without a point: a pointless pen.
blunt, as an instrument.
without force, meaning, or relevance: a pointless remark.
without a point scored, as in a game: a pointless inning.

Origin of pointless

First recorded in 1300–50, pointless is from the Middle English word point les. See point, -less
Related formspoint·less·ly, adverbpoint·less·ness, noun
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pointless

/ (ˈpɔɪntlɪs) /

adjective

without a point
without meaning, relevance, or force
sport without a point scored
Derived Formspointlessly, adverbpointlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pointless

pointless


adj.

early 14c., "blunt," from point (n.) + -less. Meaning "of no effect, to no purpose" is from 1726. Related: Pointlessly; pointlessness.

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