- 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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Examples from the Web for stoniness
Gone is the mass of the mountains, the stoniness of rocks, the hard solidity of iron.The Conquest of Fear
Rousille ran along the road, unheeding the stoniness of the way.Autumn Glory
However, not even Mawson's stoniness could quite repress all her feeling of wonder-growing joy.Rich Man, Poor Man
The sapota, or sapodtilla, is less characterized by stoniness, and one soon learns to like it.Two Years in the French West Indies
The lemons, candles, and tobacco had the same astonishing quality of stoniness, and nothing yielded to the touch but the flour.The Frozen Pirate
W. Clark Russell
- 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 stoniness
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