Definition of pointless in US English:



  • 1Having little or no sense, use, or purpose.

    ‘speculating like this is a pointless exercise’
    with infinitive ‘it's pointless to plan too far ahead’
    • ‘I think it is a ridiculous and pointless stunt that isn't even newsworthy.’
    • ‘The Government renders this part completely pointless by making the employer pay for the medical certificate.’
    • ‘The models are detailed, but uninteresting lines, flat colors, and predictable pans render them pointless.’
    • ‘The world will be so fundamentally different by 2050 that it's pretty pointless to speculate that far out.’
    • ‘It beggars belief how anyone with any sense could buy this pointless drivel.’
    • ‘After much seemingly pointless bishop maneuvering, a draw was agreed in 61 moves.’
    • ‘It's a pointless exercise in negativity by both the Labor Party and the Democrats.’
    • ‘It is a pointless plan and a waste of the taxpayers' money in a time of government cutbacks.’
    • ‘Whichever way you cut it, it's still too often a pointless exercise for anyone writing for the consumer press.’
    • ‘To be honest, I found the whole film somewhat pointless.’
    • ‘However the day was almost marred by pointless and useless vandalism to one of the train carriage windows.’
    • ‘You think I've got time to sit around doing something utterly futile and pointless?’
    • ‘Yes, they seem pointless and stupid, but so do many of the things that are done in school.’
    • ‘However, there is no symbol for medium range and the infrequent appearance of the icons make them somewhat pointless.’
    • ‘However, I find it almost pointless to search for an exact idea to copy.’
    • ‘When people began appreciating the wealth of other religions, conflicts in the name of religion seemed utterly pointless.’
    • ‘But that would render it pointless, a social inclusion policy rather than an existential explanation.’
    • ‘All right, that was a totally pointless conversation.’
    • ‘Personally, I think that makes it fairly pointless to theorise about the exact nature of consciousness.’
    • ‘And even as pointless chatter filled my ears, I couldn't get the freshman girl out of my head.’
  • 2(of a contest or competitor) without a point scored.

    • ‘Long Lee remain anchored pointless at the bottom, but they put up a fight at Bradley.’
    • ‘Both these teams are pointless and, on the face of things, so is this match.’