flinty

[flin-tee]

adjective, flint·i·er, flint·i·est.

composed of, containing, or resembling flint, especially in hardness.
unyielding; unmerciful; obdurate: a flinty heart.

Nearby words

  1. flinthead,
  2. flintlock,
  3. flintoff,
  4. flintshire,
  5. flintstone,
  6. flip,
  7. flip chart,
  8. flip one's lid,
  9. flip side,
  10. flip through

Origin of flinty

First recorded in 1530–40; flint + -y1

Related formsflint·i·ly, adverbflint·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for flinty

flinty

adjective flintier or flintiest

of, relating to, or resembling flint
hard or cruel; obdurate; unyielding
Derived Formsflintily, adverbflintiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for flinty

flinty

adj.

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

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