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[flin-tee] /ˈflɪn ti/
adjective, flintier, flintiest.
composed of, containing, or resembling flint, especially in hardness.
unyielding; unmerciful; obdurate:
a flinty heart.
Origin of flinty
First recorded in 1530-40; flint + -y1
Related forms
flintily, adverb
flintiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Rafael tried to take a bite, but his white young teeth slipped helplessly off the flinty surface.

  • “Under the heart of the flinty hill lies the coal,” he said simply.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • They were obliged to travel very fast yesterday, and over a flinty road, and their hoofs are worn and bleeding.

    Captured by the Navajos Charles A. Curtis
  • Others go in, but I beat against its flinty portals with hands that bleed.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • With a three-ton Burden on his aching Shoulders, he staggered up the flinty Incline.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
British Dictionary definitions for flinty


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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