having a rigid, expressionless face.

Also stone-faced [stohn-feyst] /ˈstoʊnˌfeɪst/.

Origin of stony-faced

First recorded in 1930–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of stone-faced

  • He was about a half-a-mile from where the barges lay moored against the stone-faced embarkment.

    Wang the Ninth

    Putnam Weale

  • He was admitted to the huge house by a stone-faced butler, who led him through a maze of corridors into a huge dining room.

    Bear Trap

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • In a dingle in the adjoining field is a stone-faced, pointed archway, tunnelling the road.


    G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade

  • I knew that if she had reached the stone-faced seawall or one of the breakwaters there was little hope for her.

    A Floating Home

    Cyril Ionides

  • The Director was on her home ground, in her headquarters building, backed by an armed squad of stone-faced Amazons.

    Love Story

    Irving E. Cox, Jr.