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stony

[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.
Also, stoney.
Origin
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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  • Despite their stony appearance, coral reefs are fragile, living things.
  • 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.
  • Since she didn't know the language, they wouldn't have to speak or ask any questions of the stony-faced people around them.
  • Immediately his empty sockets return a gray, stony stare.
  • His eyes were bent fixedly before him, and throughout his whole countenance there reigned a stony rigidity.
  • Here no stony ground provokes the wrath of the farmer.
  • These signs of life are unmistakably distinct from their stony tombs.
  • Every year new generations of corals build their homes on the stony remnants of their ancestors.
  • It is about the size of a coconut, with a slight snout and a thick brow visoring its stony sockets.
British Dictionary definitions for stony

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 stony
adj.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for stony

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.
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