stony

[stoh-nee]
adjective, stonier, stoniest.
1.
full of or abounding in stones or rock: a stony beach.
2.
pertaining to or characteristic of stone.
3.
resembling or suggesting stone, especially in its hardness.
4.
unfeeling; merciless; obdurate: a stony heart.
5.
motionless or rigid; without expression, as the eyes or a look: a hard, stony stare.
6.
petrifying; stupefying: stony fear.
7.
having a stone or stones, as fruit.
8.
Slang. stone-broke.
Also, stoney.


Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English stānig. See stone, -y1

stonily, adverb
stoniness, noun
unstonily, adverb
unstoniness, noun
unstony, adjective


1. rocky, pebbly. 4. adamant, hard, flinty, pitiless, inflexible, unbending.
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stony or stoney (ˈstəʊnɪ)
 
adj , stonier, stoniest
1.  of or resembling stone
2.  abounding in stone or stones
3.  unfeeling, heartless, or obdurate
4.  short for stony-broke
 
stoney or stoney
 
adj
 
'stonily or stoney
 
adv
 
'stoniness or stoney
 
n

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Example sentences
Despite their stony appearance, coral reefs are fragile, living things.
Immediately his empty sockets return a gray, stony stare.
It is to be feared that their seed was scattered on stony ground.
With an anatomical rustle that soared into the murk of the stony vaults above
  them, all bowed their heads.
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