- composed of, containing, or resembling flint, especially in hardness.
- unyielding; unmerciful; obdurate: a flinty heart.
Origin of flinty
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Examples from the Web for flintiness
Some people, Sir, would have been all flintiness and granite.The Old Curiosity Shop
It had no bitterness, no flintiness, no damaged grain in it; but all were plump and ripe, as if they had been picked.The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom
P. L. Simmonds
It was felt that his brilliancy had a solidity back of it, a quality of flintiness that would endure.The Vision Spendid
William MacLeod Raine
- of, relating to, or resembling flint
- hard or cruel; obdurate; unyielding
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Word Origin and History for flintiness
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