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

  • 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
  • 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
  • For a man predisposed to stoniness of the heart, this surely was unwholesome liquor.

    The Man of Adamant Nathaniel Hawthorne
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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