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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 stoniness
Historical Examples
  • Gone is the mass of the mountains, the stoniness of rocks, the hard solidity of iron.

  • Rousille ran along the road, unheeding the stoniness of the way.

    Autumn Glory

    Ren Bazin
  • However, not even Mawson's stoniness could quite repress all her feeling of wonder-growing joy.

    Rich Man, Poor Man

    Maximilian Foster
  • The sapota, or sapodtilla, is less characterized by stoniness, and one soon learns to like it.

  • The lemons, candles, and tobacco had the same astonishing quality of stoniness, and nothing yielded to the touch but the flour.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • The boarder glared at her in a curious kind of way, like a broadside of stoniness, but Caroline did not seem to mind it at all.

    The Jamesons Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • For a man predisposed to stoniness of the heart, this surely was unwholesome liquor.

    The Man of Adamant Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • But now I see the lady—as steep as the side of a house, and as stony—no, naught but herself can be her parallel in stoniness.

    Phantom Fortune, A Novel M. E. Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for stoniness


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 stoniness



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

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



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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