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[poin-tee] /ˈpɔɪn ti/
adjective, pointier, pointiest.
having a comparatively sharp point:
The elf had pointy little ears.
Origin of pointy
1635-45; point + -y1 Unabridged
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  • Blackbirds more slender bodied, with longer tails and less-pointy wings.
British Dictionary definitions for pointy


adjective pointier, pointiest
having a sharp point or points; pointed
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Word Origin and History for pointy

1640s, from point (n.) + -y (2). Insult pointy-head for one deemed overly intellectual, attested by 1971, was popularized, if not coined, by U.S. politician George Wallace in his 1972 presidential run.

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