[ stohn-waw-ling ]
/ ˈstoʊnˌwɔ lɪŋ /


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


Nearby words

  1. stones,
  2. stones, precious,
  3. stonewall,
  4. stonewall jackson,
  5. stonewall riot,
  6. stoneware,
  7. stonewash,
  8. stonewashed,
  9. stonework,
  10. stonewort

Origin of stonewalling

First recorded in 1875–80; stonewall + -ing1


[ 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 formsstone·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 Formsstonewaller, noun

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