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[stoh-nee-feyst] /ˈstoʊ niˈfeɪst/
having a rigid, expressionless face.
Also, stone-faced [stohn-feyst] /ˈstoʊnˌfeɪst/ (Show IPA).
Origin of stony-faced
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Thus he disappeared from view between his stony-faced conductors.

    After the Divorce Grazia Deledda
  • Billy Waters appealed to the rocks again in mute despair, but they were as stony-faced as ever.

    In the King's Name George Manville Fenn
  • Erect in the cage, like some frightened animal held in leash by the two stony-faced carbineers.

    After the Divorce Grazia Deledda
  • stony-faced, David stared defiantly at Marley, trying to control the trembling of his body.

    Category Phoenix Boyd Ellanby
  • Instantly it occurred to me that they had followed us, and at the same moment I knew who the stony-faced lady was.

    In Search of the Unknown Robert W. Chambers
  • His words were greeted with stony-faced stares as meaningless and void of expression as the stare of a frozen fish.

    Connie Morgan in Alaska James B. Hendryx
  • And you can't be funny, can you, when you're hypnotised by three stony-faced females all doubled up over a bunch of olive-drab?

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • The child turned and stretched out his hands to the silent, stony-faced man on the other side.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • Mignon sent a covert glance toward this stony-faced third party whom she feared.

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