Definition of pointy-headed in English:



North American
derogatory, informal
  • Expert; intellectual.

    ‘some pointy-headed college professor’
    • ‘Like jocks, the policymakers laugh at the pointy-headed intellectuals who think they know how to draft good laws and negotiate with foreign governments.’
    • ‘But cheer up, Dan, maybe one a these days all you pointy-headed, liberal, media fellers will see the light.’
    • ‘Even the most pointy-headed of us tend to work faster and make fewer mistakes in our firewall policies if we can construct rules with the aid of visual cues and reminders.’
    • ‘I hope this has been an interesting story, and scholarly enough for the most pointy-headed reader.’
    • ‘To look insightful you have to find some way to turn things around on those pointy-headed scientist types.’
    • ‘She was pretty and popular, a twirler, and much cooler by several cool points than yours truly the queen of the pointy-headed nerds.’
    • ‘Does this mean the general public is smarter about the nation's financial health than a roomful of pointy-headed economists?’
    • ‘Get those pointy-headed Washington bureaucrats off our backs and off our fronts too!’
    • ‘Partly it was the fault of pointy-headed left-wing pundits, who used it to shout down people whose arguments they didn't like.’
    • ‘Score one for real people against the pointy-headed atheistic intellectuals (who have apparently declared war on the rest of us).’
    • ‘Much useful and interesting information was presented by the pointy-headed intellectuals at last weekend's annual conference of the Political Science Association of Ireland in Limerick.’
    • ‘Anytime a Democrat tries to point out that life is more complicated than this, he is accused of being a pointy-headed intellectual, or unpatriotic or worse.’
    • ‘Sounds like those pointy-headed Washington types are trying to force their values on me.’
    • ‘This is literally an economic miracle, even if the pointy-headed people employed at considerable expense by the NESC will not face the fact.’
    • ‘Children are being turned off chemistry and physics by the mad professors and pointy-headed boffins of popular mythology, according to a new study of attitudes to science.’
    • ‘I fear real life jurors would respond to such an argument by dismissing it as bookish, the stuff of pointy-headed intellectuals.’
    • ‘After all, these views come from people in your town, not pointy-headed pundits far away in Washington.’
    • ‘I mean, they called us the pointy-headed liberal establishment and attacked us in every conceivable way.’
    • ‘Cambridge has a long and valiant history in spawning pointy-headed rocket scientists, as well as a shorter but no-less valiant track record in trying to turn their ideas into viable products and businesses.’
    • ‘Who among us dares love those pointy-headed bureaucrats in Washington?’
    learned, erudite, academic, well read, widely read, intellectual, literary, lettered, well educated, knowledgeable, cultured, cultivated, highbrow
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By association with egghead.