Definitions

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

  • adj. Lacking meaning; senseless.
  • adj. Ineffectual: pointless attempts to rescue the victims of the raging fire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having no point or sharp tip; terminating squarely or in a rounded end.
  • adj. Having no prominent or important feature, as of an argument, discourse, etc.
  • adj. Having no purpose; purposeless; unable to effect an aim.
  • adj. Without points.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no point; blunt; wanting keenness; obtuse

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no point; terminating squarely or in a rounded end.
  • Without point or force: as, a pointless joke.
  • In botany, same as muticous.

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

  • adj. serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being
  • adj. not having a point especially a sharp point

Etymologies

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point + -less

Examples

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  • JM reckons that life would be pointless without geometry

    July 4, 2011

  • One of the cows kept at ''Cold Comfort Farm'', the classic satire by Stella Gibbons. Big Business, the bull, services her and her companions Graceless, Aimless, and Feckless.

    December 23, 2008