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or stoney

[stoh-nee] /ˈstoʊ ni/
adjective, stonier, stoniest.
full of or abounding in stones or rock:
a stony beach.
pertaining to or characteristic of stone.
resembling or suggesting stone, especially in its hardness.
unfeeling; merciless; obdurate:
a stony heart.
motionless or rigid; without expression, as the eyes or a look:
a hard, stony stare.
petrifying; stupefying:
stony fear.
having a stone or stones, as fruit.
Slang. stone-broke.
Origin of stony
before 1000; Middle English; Old English stānig. See stone, -y1
Related forms
stonily, adverb
stoniness, noun
unstonily, adverb
unstoniness, noun
unstony, adjective
1. rocky, pebbly. 4. adamant, hard, flinty, pitiless, inflexible, unbending. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for stonily
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  • She told him, stonily, that he had disappointed her dearest hopes and broken her heart.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • "Get this calf-eyed girl Friday of yours off my back," he said stonily.

    Tinker's Dam Joseph Tinker
  • "I guess it doesn't matter much what I want," she said stonily.

  • She eyed him stonily, and then sent him off about his business.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • What was left for her but to be a slave, she said stonily to herself.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
  • She looked at him at first stonily, and then suddenly more kindly.

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
  • He stared at her stonily and turned away to look into the fire.

    Yonder Emily Hilda Young
  • "You may take me down to the office of the Governor," said Mr. Ludlow stonily, meaningly.

    Lifted Masks Susan Glaspell
  • They looked at each other stonily and went back to the crowd.

  • "We could go back to the cove and get away on the Ariel, Vilma," Cliff said stonily.

    Isle of the Undead Lloyd Arthur Eshbach
British Dictionary definitions for stonily


adjective stonier, stoniest
of or resembling stone
abounding in stone or stones
unfeeling, heartless, or obdurate
short for stony-broke
Derived Forms
stonily, adverb
stoniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stonily



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for stonily



Especially good; super (1980s+ Teenagers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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