[ point-lis ]
/ ˈpɔɪnt lɪs /


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.

Nearby words

  1. pointillism,
  2. pointillistic,
  3. pointillé,
  4. pointing,
  5. pointing device,
  6. pointlessly,
  7. points system,
  8. pointsman,
  9. pointwise,
  10. pointy

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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British Dictionary definitions for pointless


/ (ˈpɔɪntlɪs) /


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



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

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