Slang dictionary on point [on point] May 29, 2018 What does on point mean? On point is “exactly right” or “perfect.” In slang, the expression often describes someone as “on their game” or “looking sharp.” Related words: flawless on fleek on the money right on OK hand emoji Where does on point come from? memegenerator The are several historic uses of on point so get ready for a history lesson … The first relates to law enforcement and the military, with a person on point when stationed at their post or standing guard. This dates back to the 1880s. The second concerns ballet, with a dancer on point when balanced on the tip of their toes. We can find uses of this phrase in the early 1900s. The third involves the law. As early as the 1930s, on point described something as “relevant” in legal contexts. Think to the point. It’s hard to tell which of these three uses directly inspired the slang, but we can imagine how something “accurate,” “in form,” or “alert” became associated with excellence and style. And, it seems we can thank hip-hop, too. In the 1990s, we can find on point for “ready to go” in hip-hop lyrics, which expanded to “being on one’s game” or “right on.” And, then in the 2000s, on point especially named a stylin’ outfit. Examples of on point Her acting has been on point for the last couple of episodes williammiller (commenter), Oh No They Didn't!, February, 2012 my matching skills are on point even my hair goes with the outfit @taylorndean, May, 2018 My boys will pull up on ya, homie, I ain't talkin' diapers / Walk into your function, on point, I'm like a sniper T-Wayne, "Nasty Freestyle" (song), 2015 SEE MORE EXAMPLES Who uses on point? On point often describes an athlete or performer whose done something exceptional or is enjoying a hot streak. Tatum on point 🎯 pic.twitter.com/9LpHs4Rbg5 — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 24, 2018 Paris got that choreography on point‼everyone else take note 👈👉 pic.twitter.com/BwPG7Kt83p — The LaFontaines (@TheLaFontaines) May 22, 2018 On point also frequently describes something as “excellent,” especially when lookin’ good or in its best form. Bun game on point. Off to shoot some new fitness wear before a busy day (aka DISNEY) xo pic.twitter.com/94kTz32r37 — Chelsea Green (@ImChelseaGreen) May 24, 2018 Guam’s sky was on point tonight 😊 pic.twitter.com/d2SjXsfVmI — Jermaine Alerta (@jermainealerta) May 22, 2018 Very often, on point characterizes a joke or observation as “spot on.” This A-Rod impression is on point😂😂 pic.twitter.com/I5jgexn1L9 — Baseball Central™ (@BaseballCentraI) May 23, 2018 Please read this thread by my friend who is a beautiful, intelligent, worthy human being! She is so on point rn. https://t.co/aG9cgWdNBr — Winter (@wintersillusion) May 24, 2018 On point, finally, is ever fashionable. Nicki’s outfit in her Chun Li performance was on POINT! Fashion Killa! 😍😍😍🔥 pic.twitter.com/Hmr0X2bUha — Emma🌹🇬🇧 (@Emma_TMUK) May 21, 2018 Just Added 🥰 Smiling Face With Hearts emoji, Melting Face emoji, Black Music Appreciation Month, Older Americans Month, Mental Health Awareness Month Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of on point like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of on point that will help our users expand their word mastery.