- 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
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1. rocky, pebbly. 4. adamant, hard, flinty, pitiless, inflexible, unbending.
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Examples from the Web for 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
"I guess it doesn't matter much what I want," she said stonily.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901
Lucy Maud Montgomery
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
- of or resembling stone
- abounding in stone or stones
- unfeeling, heartless, or obdurate
- short for stony-broke
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Word Origin and History for stonily
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