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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having an end coming to a point.
  • adj. Sharp; cutting: pointed criticism.
  • adj. Obviously directed at or making reference to a particular person or thing: a pointed comment.
  • adj. Clearly evident or conspicuous; marked: a pointed lack of interest.
  • adj. Characterized by the use of a pointed crown, as in Gothic architecture: a pointed arch.
  • adj. Having a rough finish produced by a pointed tool. Used of masonry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of point.
  • adj. Sharp, barbed; not dull.
  • adj. In animals, having a coat pattern with points, that is, darkening of the extremities.
  • adj. Directed negatively at a person or topic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sharp; having a sharp point.
  • adj. Characterized by sharpness, directness, or pithiness of expression; terse; epigrammatic; especially, directed to a particular person or thing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sharp; having a sharp point: as, a pointed rock.
  • Aimed at or expressly intended for some particular person; directly applicable or applied; emphasized: as, a pointed remark.
  • Epigrammatical; abounding in conceits or lively turns; piquant; sharp.
  • In printing, pierced with points: said of a sheet of paper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a point
  • adj. direct and obvious in meaning or reference; often unpleasant

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  • 1. Having an end coming to a point.
    2. Sharp; cutting: pointed criticism.
    3. Obviously directed at or making reference to a particular person or thing: a pointed comment.
    4. Clearly evident or conspicuous; marked: a pointed lack of interest.
    5. Characterized by the use of a pointed crown, as in Gothic architecture: a pointed arch.
    6. Having a rough finish produced by a pointed tool. Used of masonry.

    January 1, 2009