or ston·ey


adjective, ston·i·er, ston·i·est.

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

Examples from the Web for stonily

Historical Examples of stonily

  • She told him, stonily, that he had disappointed her dearest hopes and broken her heart.

    Fort Amity

    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • "Get this calf-eyed girl Friday of yours off my back," he said stonily.

    Tinker's Dam

    Joseph Tinker

  • "I guess it doesn't matter much what I want," she said stonily.

  • She eyed him stonily, and then sent him off about his business.

    Long Live the King

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • What was left for her but to be a slave, she said stonily to herself.

    The Madigans

    Miriam Michelson

British Dictionary definitions for stonily



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 stonily



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper