[ stohn-waw-ling ]
/ ˈstoʊnˌwɔ lɪŋ /


the act of stalling, evading, or filibustering, especially to avoid revealing politically embarrassing information.


Origin of stonewalling

First recorded in 1875–80; stonewall + -ing1

Definition for stonewalling (2 of 2)


[ stohn-wawl ]
/ ˈstoʊnˌwɔl /

verb (used without object)

to engage in stonewalling.
Cricket. (of a batsman) to play a defensive game, as by persistently blocking the ball instead of batting it for distance and runs.

verb (used with object)

Informal. to block, stall, or resist intentionally: lobbying efforts to stonewall passage of the legislation.
British. to obstruct (the passage of a legislative bill) in Parliament, especially by excessive or prolonged debate.


pertaining to or characteristic of stonewalling: a new round of stonewall tactics.

Origin of stonewall

v. and adj. use of noun phrase stone wall

Related forms

stone·wall·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stonewalling


/ (ˌstəʊnˈwɔːl) /


(intr) cricket (of a batsman) to play defensively
to obstruct or hinder (parliamentary business)

Derived Forms

stonewaller, noun
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