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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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  • Others go in, but I beat against its flinty portals with hands that bleed.

    The Trail of '98

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

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • Closer and closer he shrinks to the rock, as if to bury himself in its flinty surface.

    Adrift in the Wilds Edward S. Ellis
  • Had the flinty and inexorable Robespierre turned fainthearted at last?

    Which? Ernest Daudet
  • But she met the eyes looking into hers with a flinty resistance.

    Seven Miles to Arden

    Ruth Sawyer
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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