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stoney

[stoh-nee]
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adjective, ston·i·er, ston·i·est.
  1. stony.

stony

or ston·ey

[stoh-nee]
adjective, ston·i·er, ston·i·est.
  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

before 1000; Middle English; Old English stānig. See stone, -y1
Related formsston·i·ly, adverbston·i·ness, nounun·ston·i·ly, adverbun·ston·i·ness, nounun·ston·y, adjective

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1. rocky, pebbly. 4. adamant, hard, flinty, pitiless, inflexible, unbending.
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Stoney

noun
  1. a member of a Native Canadian people of Alberta

Word Origin

from Siouan

stony

stoney

adjective stonier or stoniest
  1. of or resembling stone
  2. abounding in stone or stones
  3. unfeeling, heartless, or obdurate
  4. short for stony-broke
Derived Formsstonily, adverbstoniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stoney

stony

adj.

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

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