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 stony

Contemporary Examples of stony

Historical Examples of stony

  • The ground is stony, and scarce any thing but gravel, mixt with a little earth.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • But it was Stony Mountain that was of most importance to the British.

  • At this time, young Dunlap was introduced to the stony paths of playwriting.


    William Dunlap

  • His horrible pleading fell on stony ears, and he changed his tune.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • To his further remonstrances she interposed a stony silence.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

British Dictionary definitions for stony



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 stony

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper