adjective, ston·i·er, ston·i·est.


or ston·ey


adjective, ston·i·er, ston·i·est.

full of or abounding in stones or rock: a stony beach.
pertaining to or characteristic of stone.
resembling or suggesting stone, especially in its hardness.
unfeeling; merciless; obdurate: a stony heart.
motionless or rigid; without expression, as the eyes or a look: a hard, stony stare.
petrifying; stupefying: stony fear.
having a stone or stones, as fruit.
Slang. stone-broke.

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

Synonyms for stony Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a member of a Native Canadian people of Alberta

Word Origin for Stoney

from Siouan



adjective stonier or stoniest

of or resembling stone
abounding in stone or stones
unfeeling, heartless, or obdurate
short for stony-broke
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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