Origin of pointed

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at point, -ed2, -ed3
Related formspoint·ed·ly, adverbpoint·ed·ness, nounmul·ti·point·ed, adjectiveself-point·ed, adjectiveun·point·ed, adjectivewell-point·ed, adjective

Synonyms for pointed

Antonyms for pointed

2. blunt, dull.
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Examples from the Web for well-pointed

Historical Examples of well-pointed

  • A lancet is the instrument generally used in bleeding, though a well-pointed pen knife will do at a pinch.

    A Treatise on Sheep:

    Ambrose Blacklock

  • A lancet is the instrument generally used in bleeding, though a well-pointed penknife will do at a pinch.

    Domestic Animals

    Richard L. Allen

  • I have very little to add in illustration of Lysander's well-pointed sarcasms relating to this second symptom of Book-Madness.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin

British Dictionary definitions for well-pointed



having a point
cutting or incisivea pointed wit
obviously directed at or intended for a particular person or aspectpointed criticism
emphasized or made conspicuouspointed ignorance
(of an arch or style of architecture employing such an arch) Gothic
music (of a psalm text) marked to show changes in chanting
(of Hebrew text) with vowel points marked
Derived Formspointedly, adverbpointedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for well-pointed



c.1300, "having a sharp end or ends," from point (n.). Meaning "having the quality of penetrating the feelings or mind" is from 1660s. Related: Pointedly; pointedness.

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