• enPR: poinʹtĭd, IPA: /ˈpɔɪntɪd/
  1. Simple past tense and past participle of point


  1. (comparable) Sharp, barbed; not dull.
    The warrior brandished a pointed spear.
  2. (not comparable) In animals, having a coat pattern with points, that is, darkening of the extremities.
    The Siamese is a pointed breed of cat.
  3. (comparable, of a comment or inference) Directed negatively at a person or topic.
    • 1863 February 21, “Important from Washington ↗”, in The New York Times:
      Attention has been called to the report in a New-York paper, which has been made the subject of pointed comment […]
    • 2013 June 18, Simon Romero, "Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders ↗," New York Times (retrieved 21 June 2013):
      After a harsh police crackdown last week fueled anger and swelled protests, President Dilma Rousseff, a former guerrilla who was imprisoned under the dictatorship and has now become the target of pointed criticism herself, tried to appease dissenters by embracing their cause on Tuesday.
    • 1910 September 3, “Taft Is Not Pleased by Roosevelt Plan ↗”, in The New York Times:
      President Taft to-day had a pointed comment for the "new nationalism" that his predecessor has been launching in the West.
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