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[poin-tee-hed-id] /ˈpɔɪn tiˌhɛd ɪd/
adjective, Slang: Usually Disparaging.
stupid; idiotic.
intellectual, especially in a self-important or impractical way.
Origin of pointy-headed
1970-75, Americanism
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pointy-head, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Cloaked in pointy-headed obscurity, it almost always loses money.
  • It takes pointy-headed attention to make sure water is germ-free, and for industrial water, nobody is paid to watch that.
  • And you see the pointy-headed boss holding his hands over his ears and saying, blah-blah-blah-blah.
Slang definitions & phrases for pointy-headed


  1. Intellectual; cultured: uninterested in any of the pointy-headed criticism generated in the last two decades
  2. Stupid; idiotic

[1968+; said to have been coined by Governor George Wallace of Alabama]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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