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adjective, ston·i·er, ston·i·est.
  1. stony.
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or ston·ey

adjective, ston·i·er, ston·i·est.
  1. full of or abounding in stones or rock: a stony beach.
  2. pertaining to or characteristic of stone.
  3. resembling or suggesting stone, especially in its hardness.
  4. unfeeling; merciless; obdurate: a stony heart.
  5. motionless or rigid; without expression, as the eyes or a look: a hard, stony stare.
  6. petrifying; stupefying: stony fear.
  7. having a stone or stones, as fruit.
  8. Slang. stone-broke.
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Origin of stony

before 1000; Middle English; Old English stānig. See stone, -y1
Related formsston·i·ly, adverbston·i·ness, nounun·ston·i·ly, adverbun·ston·i·ness, nounun·ston·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for stoney


  1. a member of a Native Canadian people of Alberta
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Word Origin for Stoney

from Siouan



adjective stonier or stoniest
  1. of or resembling stone
  2. abounding in stone or stones
  3. unfeeling, heartless, or obdurate
  4. short for stony-broke
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Derived Formsstonily, adverbstoniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stoney



Old English stanig; see stone (n.) + -y (2).

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