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flinty

[flin-tee] /ˈflɪn ti/
adjective, flintier, flintiest.
1.
composed of, containing, or resembling flint, especially in hardness.
2.
unyielding; unmerciful; obdurate:
a flinty heart.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; flint + -y1
Related forms
flintily, adverb
flintiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for flinty

flinty

/ˈflɪntɪ/
adjective flintier, flintiest
1.
of, relating to, or resembling flint
2.
hard or cruel; obdurate; unyielding
Derived Forms
flintily, adverb
flintiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flinty
adj.

"hard-hearted," 1530s, from flint + -y (2). Literal sense of "resembling flint" is from 1640s. Related: Flintily; flintiness.

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