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adjective, point·i·er, point·i·est.
  1. having a comparatively sharp point: The elf had pointy little ears.
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Origin of pointy

First recorded in 1635–45; point + -y1
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  • They're pointy trees--junipers, I think and there are a lot of rocks in the fields, and wild-flowers.

    The Happy Venture

    Edith Ballinger Price

British Dictionary definitions for pointy


adjective pointier or pointiest
  1. having a sharp point or points; pointed
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Word Origin and History for pointy


1640s, from point (n.) + -y (2). Insult pointy-head for one deemed overly intellectual, attested by 1971, was popularized, if not coined, by U.S. politician George Wallace in his 1972 presidential run.

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