Definitions

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

  • adj. Scrupulously correct or neat; precise or meticulous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Uncommonly nice and exact; precise; particular.
  • adv. Exactly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Used only in the following phrase.
  • Same as at point-device (which see, under point-device, n.).
  • Precise; nice; finical; scrupulously neat.

Etymologies

Middle English at point devis, probably from Old French *a point devis : a, to + point, point, moment + devis, fixed, arranged.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • “Old!” exclaimed the knight; “now, by the gods and saints, if there be a gallant at the British Court more fancifully considerate, and more considerately fanciful, but quaintly curious, and more curiously quaint, in frequent changes of all rich articles of vesture, becoming one who may be accounted point-device a courtier, I will give you leave to term me a slave and a liar.”

    The Monastery

  • "You are rather point-device in your accoustrements, as loving yourself than seeming the lover of any other."

    Suzyn Waldman really said this

  • He was dressed point-device, and almost to extremity, in the splendid fashion of the time, which suited well with his age, probably about five-and-twenty, with

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • Will you excuse them for the promise of something better when I have more leisure to be point-device?

    Life and Remains of John Clare "The Northamptonshire Peasant Poet"

  • When Angioletto had been assured of the nesting of his mate, he dressed himself point-device and went to Court to deliver his credentials.

    Little Novels of Italy Madonna Of The Peach-Tree, Ippolita In The Hills, The Duchess Of Nona, Messer Cino And The Live Coal, The Judgment Of Borso

  • Savory's tea-pots, and Messrs Dondney's _point-device_ men in buckram; while Mordan acquaints us, with much point, how many varieties he has invented of pencil-cases and toothpicks.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 339, January, 1844

  • Short stories whose characters had turned to wood, essays which had refused to come to a point, poems in which laboured craftsmanship had numbed and weakened the original impact of beauty – all these presented themselves to my inverted brain in their finished form, masterly, unsmutched and point-device.

    Try Anything Twice

  • A servant was sent to fetch Bunter, who came in looking imperturbably prim and point-device.

    The Unpleasantness At The Belladonna Club

  • Civil -- well-horsed, conspicuously armed and point-device in their accoutrements -- sat stiff, silent, and vigilant in the mouth of an odd by-road.

    Jonah and Co.

  • He was of dapper appearance, point-device in everything, and he reminded you of a perky robin.

    The Certain Hour

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