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adjective, flint·i·er, flint·i·est.
  1. composed of, containing, or resembling flint, especially in hardness.
  2. unyielding; unmerciful; obdurate: a flinty heart.
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Origin of flinty

First recorded in 1530–40; flint + -y1
Related formsflint·i·ly, adverbflint·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for flintiness

Historical Examples

  • Some people, Sir, would have been all flintiness and granite.

    The Old Curiosity Shop

    Charles Dickens

  • It had no bitterness, no flintiness, no damaged grain in it; but all were plump and ripe, as if they had been picked.

  • It was felt that his brilliancy had a solidity back of it, a quality of flintiness that would endure.

    The Vision Spendid

    William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for flintiness


adjective flintier or flintiest
  1. of, relating to, or resembling flint
  2. hard or cruel; obdurate; unyielding
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Derived Formsflintily, adverbflintiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flintiness



"hard-hearted," 1530s, from flint + -y (2). Literal sense of "resembling flint" is from 1640s. Related: Flintily; flintiness.

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