1. (of a person) having a stiff, expressionless face.
  2. having a rocky surface.
  3. Masonry. noting a stone or stonework the visible face of which is dressed with a hammer, with or without a chiseled draft at the edges; quarry-faced.

Origin of rock-faced

First recorded in 1940–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for rock-faced

Historical Examples of rock-faced

  • Again, as at Grand Rapids, where the banks were rock-faced and sheer, the canoes would run merrily in swift-flowing waters.

    The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay

    Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut

  • A lady did put her head out; not Jehane, but a rock-faced matron of vast proportions with grey hair plastered to her cheeks.

  • They passed along the street, turned, made their way down the rock-faced bluff to the water front; but still they were alone.

  • She has a devil of shrewdness for a father; a rock-faced man, of few words, with eyes on everything.

    Captain Ravenshaw

    Robert Neilson Stephens