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stony

or stoney

[stoh-nee] /ˈstoʊ ni/
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.
Origin of stony
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English stānig. See stone, -y1
Related forms
stonily, adverb
stoniness, noun
unstonily, adverb
unstoniness, noun
unstony, adjective
Synonyms
1. rocky, pebbly. 4. adamant, hard, flinty, pitiless, inflexible, unbending.
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Examples from the Web for stonily
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  • Three pairs of eyes and an odd one—the other was hidden under a bandage—stared at him stonily.

    The Ambulance Made Two Trips William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • She told him, stonily, that he had disappointed her dearest hopes and broken her heart.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • He was disconcerted somewhat by her white, still face, the big light violet eyes resting on him stonily.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • "Get this calf-eyed girl Friday of yours off my back," he said stonily.

    Tinker's Dam Joseph Tinker
  • "That's no matter," replied Shefford, stonily, and he met her gaze with steady eyes.

    The Rainbow Trail Zane Grey
  • "I guess it doesn't matter much what I want," she said stonily.

  • Mrs. Crowl surveyed Denzil Cantercot so stonily and cut him his beef so savagely that he said grace when the dinner was over.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • She eyed him stonily, and then sent him off about his business.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • His voice was on the point of breaking, but the governess stood there stonily.

    The Carved Lions Mrs. Molesworth
  • She looked at him at first stonily, and then suddenly more kindly.

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
British Dictionary definitions for stonily

stony

/ˈstəʊnɪ/
adjective stonier, stoniest
1.
of or resembling stone
2.
abounding in stone or stones
3.
unfeeling, heartless, or obdurate
4.
short for stony-broke
Derived Forms
stonily, adverb
stoniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stonily

stony

adj.

Old English stanig; see stone (n.) + -y (2).

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Slang definitions & phrases for stonily

stonewall

noun

: A sustained stonewall, no one's been willing to answer questions for a week

verb

To delay and obstruct, esp by stubbornly keeping silent: I want you all to stonewall it

[1914+; fr a cricket term used of a determined batsman who blocked everything as if hewere a stone wall; in the US probably influenced by the stolid reputation of the Confederate general Thomas J ''Stonewall'' Jackson; the term became prominent during the early 1970s Watergate scandal]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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