[ flin-tee ]
/ ˈflɪn ti /

adjective, flint·i·er, flint·i·est.

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

Origin of flinty

First recorded in 1530–40; flint + -y1
Related formsflint·i·ly, adverbflint·i·ness, noun
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/ (ˈflɪntɪ) /

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



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

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