flinty

[flin-tee]
adjective, flintier, flintiest.
1.
composed of, containing, or resembling flint, especially in hardness.
2.
unyielding; unmerciful; obdurate: a flinty heart.

Origin:
1530–40; flint + -y1

flintily, adverb
flintiness, noun
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flinty (ˈflɪntɪ)
 
adj , flintier, flintiest
1.  of, relating to, or resembling flint
2.  hard or cruel; obdurate; unyielding
 
'flintily
 
adv
 
'flintiness
 
n

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flinty
hard-hearted, 1530s, from flint + -y (2).
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Hey, someone has to wrest away millions of dollars from today's flinty-eyed, billionaire captains of sports industry.
Most of the pebbles are flinty, but many of them consist of fossiliferous limestone.
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