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flinty

[flin-tee]
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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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Related Words

stonysteelycruelfirmhardinflexiblerigidunsympatheticunyielding

Examples from the Web for flinty

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  • Others go in, but I beat against its flinty portals with hands that bleed.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • “Under the heart of the flinty hill lies the coal,” he said simply.

    The Bishop of Cottontown

    John Trotwood Moore

  • Closer and closer he shrinks to the rock, as if to bury himself in its flinty surface.

    Adrift in the Wilds

    Edward S. Ellis

  • Had the flinty and inexorable Robespierre turned fainthearted at last?

    Which?

    Ernest Daudet

  • But she met the eyes looking into hers with a flinty resistance.


British Dictionary definitions for flinty

flinty

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 flinty

adj.

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

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